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On April 2, the Beacon Hill leadership unveiled the pre-conferenced Joint Ways and Means revenue proposal (“JWM“) (effectively, a counter-proposal to “Act to Invest in Our Communities” and the Governor’s) which is wholly inadequate to meet our needs (see our press release, here).
On April 8, the House passed the measure — but without a veto-proof margin. The Senate votes Saturday, where there’s a chance to stop a bad bill, right then and there. If it passes, it goes to the Governor, who’s promised a veto if it reaches him in its current form.
On April 9, to win additional support, the Senate President released an updated proposal calling for more revenue. While the Governor praised the progress made, our friends at T for Mass have analyzed the new measure and found it lacking.
Between now and Saturday, our Senators will be under intense pressure from leadership to support the JWM bill. Some deal-sweetening, in an attempt to coax individual Senators on board, is expected. Our Senators need to hear that we’ll stand with them if they stand strong for real (ie, substantial) investment in our many needs now, and invest in our future economic strength.
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SUBJECT: Vote No on JWM Revenue plan; fight for real investment
I am deeply disappointed in the Joint Ways and Means transportation funding proposal. It raises far too little revenue, relies solely on a regressive tax and does not cover our state’s many pressing needs, like education and human services.
I strongly urge you to work with fellow progressive legislators and the Governor to find a way to raise substantial new revenue to invest in all of Massachusetts’s urgent needs.
I will be watching this debate closely, and I hope I can count on you to do the right thing. We need to raise substantial new revenue, in a progressive way, and invest in a broad range of services and infrastructure.
Please keep working hard to make sure we get to these goals.
Please contact me to let me know how you plan to vote.
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