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MNA supporting Fair Share Campaign

09.15.2015

Please help us gather signatures toward an important cause.

A constitutional amendment proposed by Raise Up Massachusetts would generate revenue for public education and transportation by raising taxes on the wealthiest incomes. The MNA Board of Directors has agreed to support the effort, known as the Fair Share Campaign, and committed to gathering 5,000 signatures outside the Boston area.

The petition being circulated would place on the 2018 ballot a constitutional amendment to establish an additional 4 percent state income tax on annual taxable income in excess of $1 million. The revenue –at least $1 billion annually – would be targeted at quality public education, affordable public colleges and repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.

This proposal touches upon the same income disparity that the MNA has worked to address with a ballot question and with pending legislation. Our bill would claw back excessive hospital profits and CEO pay to ensure taxpayer dollars are dedicated exclusively to safe patient care and necessary services. That proposal was well received by the public during previous ballot petition signing, so it is no surprise that the Raise Up coalition is finding the public very supportive of their amendment.

Last weekend, MNA staff members helped kick-off the campaign, collecting signatures in Quincy and Cambridge. You can get involved by contacting Eileen Norton, RN, MNA Director of the Division of Organizing, at 781.830.5777 or ENorton@mnarn.org.

MNA Executive Director Julie Pinkham with U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston. Julie was collecting signatures for the Fair Share Campaign at ChowdaFest in Quincy.

 Sandy Ellis of the MNA volunteering with others to help the Raise Up coalition collect signatures for the Far Share Campaign.