Progressive Massachusetts Opposes House and Senate Leadership Revenue Plan

Urges Lawmakers to Vote No

Progressive Massachusetts joins the Campaign for Our Communities and activists across the state in opposing the revenue plan unveiled yesterday by Speaker Deleo and Senate President Murray, and urges all lawmakers to vote against the transportation finance plan next week, and go back to the table for further discussion on how to truly meet the Commonwealth’s investment needs.

“The proposal put forward yesterday, which raises just $500 million for transportation investments only, is inadequate to the substantial need we have here in Massachusetts to invest in our infrastructure, our education system and our future,” said Executive Director, Deborah Shah.

“Governor Patrick and many state lawmakers showed real vision and a commitment to supporting our communities by proposing a nearly two billion dollar plan. Our members are fully behind any proposal that will raises substantial revenue, in a progressive manner, to invest in education, transportation and human services.

“Progressive Massachusetts members include community leaders, political activists and citizen volunteers, who have been fighting for over a year for the revenue necessary to meet the state’s needs. We will be calling our elected representatives, demanding they reject the current proposal, and we will be watching carefully to see how our legislators vote.”

Progressive Massachusetts is a statewide, diverse grassroots organization that organizes around progressive issues in Massachusetts, helps to elect and support progressive candidates for public office who are committed to making a difference on these issues, and holds elected officials accountable to progressive positions and values. This week, Progressive Massachusetts released a scorecard of last session’s roll call votes and intends to track and report this session’s votes on an on-going basis.

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