FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Emily Fitzmaurice, Massachusetts Democratic Party, (617) 939-0808
MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATS CALL ON GOVERNOR BAKER TO STOP WAFFLING ON THE FAIR SHARE AMENDMENT
BOSTON – Massachusetts Democrats are demanding the Governor Charlie Baker make his position on the Fair Share Amendment clear after months of waffling on whether or not he supports the proposed constitutional amendment and the millions in new revenue it will bring to support transportation and public education.
“By hemming and hawing and refusing to make his position clear, our Governor continues to prove that he favors the top one percenters over the working folk,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford. “We call on Governor Baker to stand up on behalf of working families and residents of the Commonwealth, who need better public schools for their kids, affordable public college, and improvements to our roads, bridges, and transit.”
The Fair Share Amendment would amend the Massachusetts Constitution to create an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above one million dollars, so only those with the highest incomes would pay a little more. The new revenue generated by this tax could only be spent on quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and for repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation. To ensure that the tax continues to apply only to the highest income residents, who have the ability to pay more, the one million dollar threshold would be adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.
Governor Baker continues to ignore the need for new revenue and investments in the state’s public schools, transportation, and infrastructure. While he lauds himself as an anti-tax Republican, the Governor only seems to oppose higher taxes on the rich. He has a history of supporting new taxes and fees that the rest of us pay, including:
- Greatly increasing MBTA fares and fees, nickeling and diming public transit riders, while giving his buddies at Keolis, the private commuter rail contractor, millions of dollars in giveaways.
- Calling for new taxes on home-sharing services, such as Airbnb.
- Collecting the state’s sales tax on internet purchases.
Having passed the House and Senate today during a Constitutional Convention, the Fair Share Amendment is slated to appear on the 2018 ballot.
“Governor Baker, it’s time you made your position on the Fair Share Amendment known and stand up for the residents of Massachusetts,” continued Bickford. “This isn’t a trick question. You either support investing in the future of our working families and our middle class or you don’t. The voters deserve to know where you stand.”