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Nurses fight reckless Question 1

Effort to defeat income tax proposal enters the home stretch

From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
October 2008 Edition

Nurses across the state have been talking with their colleagues, friends and neighbors about the dangerous proposal to repeal the state income tax, and have signed up many who have pledged to vote against Question 1. But there is still work to do. If you would like to become more involved in the campaign please contact political organizer Riley Ohlson at 781.830.5740 or send an e-mail message to

Why it is Critically Important to Vote NO on QUESTION 1.

Here’s what we know:

  • The income tax proposal will cost the commonwealth $12.7 billion in revenue
  • That’s 40 percent of the state budget
  • This is a binding proposal that will become law effective Jan. 1, 2009

This reckless proposal will:

  • Drive up local property taxes
  • Put health care at risk, resulting in:
    • Less funding for hospitals
    • Further understaffing of school nurse departments
    • Cuts to public health departments in cities and towns
    • Further underfunding of the Departments of Mental Retardation, Public Health and Mental Health
  • Put education at risk, resulting in:
    • Larger class sizes
    • Fewer afterschool and kindergarten programs
    • School closings
    • Increased fees for extra-curricular activities
  • Put public safety at risk, resulting in:
    • Longer 911 wait times
    • Fewer police officers and firefighters
  • Put our infrastructure at risk, resulting in:
    • Unsafe bridges Broken roads and more potholes
    • Cuts in public transportation
  • Put our fragile economy and job market at even greater risk than it is already.

What to do about it:

  1. Pledge to VOTE NO on Question 1.
  2. Sign up to receive e-mail messages from in order to stay informed.
  3. Tell your friends and family to VOTE NO! Let them know that Question 1 is a reckless proposal. Send them to

Times are hard enough, let’s not make them worse.
Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 4!