Invitation: Newton Fair Share Amendment Kickoff on Sunday

Invitation from Progressive Newton and Ward 2 Dem Catherine Willinger:

Raise Up Massachusetts Kicks-off Campaign for a Constitutional Amendment:  Signature Gathering in Newtonville on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 PM

The campaign to invest in transportation and public education by creating an additional tax on annual income above $1 million began on Labor Day as community members collected signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot. Our big kick-off event in NEWTON will take place on Sunday, September 20th, at 2:00 PM.  Please join us at Starbucks in Newtonville at 2:00 PM for a brief orientation and training. Then we will form teams to collect signatures at Shaw’s supermarket and other bustling locations. The weather forecast for Sunday is perfect: partly sunny in the mid-70s.

 RSVP: Reply to this email ( or call me at 617-548-6405 or sign-up on the Raise Up website   (Zip code is 02460.)

 The FAIR SHARE AMENDMENT would create an additional tax of four percentage points (4%) on annual income above $1 million. The new revenue generated by the tax could only be spent on quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation. To ensure that the tax continues to apply only to the highest-income residents, the $1 million threshold would be adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.

 Raise Up Massachusetts is a coalition of community organizations, religious groups and labor unions that led the 2013-2014 campaigns for a higher minimum wage and earned sick time.  In June 2014, the Legislature passed and the governor signed legislation giving Massachusetts the highest statewide minimum wage in the U.S. Voters approved guaranteed earned sick time for all workers (Question 4) in November 2014, which became effective on July 1, 2015.

 This fall, Raise Up Massachusetts plans to collect certified signatures from at least 64,750 registered voters (three percent of total votes cast for all candidates for governor in 2014). If enough certified signatures are collected, then the petition must go to a Joint Session of the Legislature and be approved by 25 percent of legislators (50 votes) in 2016. The petition will then need a second approval by 25 percent of legislators in a Joint Session in 2017 or 2018 to appear on the ballot on November 6, 2018.

ee you on Sunday!

Catherine (Gardiner) Willinger