UPDATE: Single-payer amendment fails–but 15 Senators stand strong

Today, on a 24-15 vote, the MA Senate failed to pass the “single-payer” amendment (#125) introduced by Sen. Eldridge to s.2060.

As progressives, we understand that the fight for single-payer is a long one. We can be heartened today, however, that 15 Senators stood strong and stood up for single-payer health care. 

We must support progressives when they take a step outside the expected. Please send an email or make a call of THANKS to these Senators for their principled stand on progressive health care reform!

Don’t see your Senator? How about a note expressing your wish that s/he stand up for progressive health care reform next time?

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Senator, you’ve got Voicemail!

Don’t worry if you couldn’t make your Single-Payer call before 5PM today. You can still call your Senator and leave your message on her/his voicemail!

Calls in the morning (Tue.) will work, too. But why not go ahead and call now?

Amplify our people-power–urge your networks to make their calls, too!

WATCH THIS SPACE for any updates to the vote. If it is delayed beyond tomorrow, that gives all the more time to put the grassroots pressure on!

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Time Sensitive! Take Action TODAY, for MA Single Payer

singlepayer.jpgHealth Care Reform is one of the top priorities of Progressive Mass member-activists.

TOMORROW/Tuesday–single-payer health care is on the table in the Massachusetts Legislature–as an Amendment, submitted by Sen. Eldridge, to s.2260 (An Act improving the quality of health care and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation).

Your Senator needs to hear from you TODAY! It takes less than 5 minutes!

Read our summary of Sen. Eldridge’s Amendment to s.2260, calling for single-payer reform.

Call (or email) your State Senatorprogma.us/maleg

  • Ask your Senator–
    • –HOW s/he is planning to vote on Sen. Eldridge’s Single-Payer Amendment to s.2260
    • –to VOTE YES tomorrow (Tue., 5/15) on Sen. Eldridge’s SINGLE-PAYER AMENDMENT to S.2260
  • If you can take an extra 45 seconds,
  • Amplify your voice:
    • share this action with others, and tell them why it’s important to act today!–person-to-person advocacy is how we win!

As always, thanks for everything that you do to make a progressive Massachusetts.

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Today, the City of Worcester is receiving more than $20 million LESS in general local aid funding (adjusted for inflation) than it was in 2008. This funding, which comes from the state, helps to pay for schools, police and fire protection, road and bridge repairs, parks, pools and libraries — the very things that make Worcester a great place to live, work and raise a family. Because of these cuts to local aid, Worcester’s popular community policing program was particularly hard hit and ultimately dismantled.

Unfortunately, Worcester is not alone. Communities throughout Central Massachusetts have also lost substantial local aid funding since 2008. Shrewsbury is getting more than $1.3 million less. LeicesterAuburnand Millbury are each receiving over $800,000 less than they were four years ago. Grafton is down over $750,000. These cuts have harmed the entire Central Massachusetts economy and reduced the quality of life for all residents.

We cannot continue to cut the funding that is so important to our communities! We must invest in Worcester and in Central Mass, but we can only do that if the state raises more revenue.

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Have You Sent a Letter to Your Legislator on Act to Invest in Our Communities?

typewriter_1.jpgElaine Almquist of Medford has.  Check out her letter to Representative Donato.  Write Your Own Letter Now.

Dear Representative Donato,

As a person who has attended public schools and public colleges, and a person who takes public transportation to go to my great private-sector job, I would like to ask you to support Governor Patrick’s recommendations to invest in education and transportation in the Commonwealth. Tax increases are never very popular. But a well-educated public, who can get to and from work is essential to the success of our Commonwealth. I plan to spend my life here in Massachusetts, and I look forward to investing part of my earnings on ensuring we have citizens capable of participating in a complicated, competitive, and innovative economy; and a secure and working infrastructure. Without these long-term investments, we are surely instead investing in today’s successes instead of continued success tomorrow. 

As we make these investments, I ask you to think about supporting a progressive taxation plan that will ask for a larger investment from those that have benefited the most from our previous investments, while preventing low-income people from being overly burdened. I urge you to support An Act to Invest in Our Communities.

Yours sincerely,
Elaine Almquist

Find out more and start organizing in your town in support of Our Communities!

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Take Action – Send Your Letter to the Editor

Last night Governor Patrick called for new revenue.  The day before, Representative Jim O’Day and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz re-filed An Act to Invest in Our Communities.

Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper.

As the Governor said:

The future belongs to those who prepare for it.

That is why we invest in education, in innovation and in infrastructure.

We invest in education because well-prepared young minds and mid-career talent is our global calling card and our economic edge.

We invest in innovation because, with a workforce like ours, enabling and encouraging new ideas is the best way to take advantage of the knowledge explosion happening in the world economy today.

We invest in infrastructure because rebuilding our roads, rails, bridges, expanding broadband to every community, building new classrooms and labs and more affordable housing gives private initiative and personal ambition the platform for growth.

Education, innovation, infrastructure. It’s a strategy proven through history. And it’s working for us today.


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