Join the Newton campaign for The Fair Share Amendment

Raise Up Massachusetts, the coalition that brought paid sick leave for all to Massachusetts, is now leading the fight for a better, more fair taxation system in Massachusetts. Specifically, the coalition is now gathering signatures to start the process of amending the state constitution (see below for more details). First, the question goes to voters and many signatures are needed to put the question on the ballot. Many Newton Democrats are joining forces with Progressive Newton in gathering signatures here in the Garden City. Volunteers are needed. If you can help please email Catherine Willinger at or click here to sign up on line.

The following petition signature-gathering events are planned -- register on the Raise Up Massachusetts web site or email or call or text Catherine Willinger at 617-548-6405. 

Wed, Oct 7 7 AM - 9 AM
Start anytime up to 8:30 AM.
Newton Highlands Green Line MBTA Station

Sat & Sun October 10 & 11 10 AM & 2 PM
Library and/or other locations (need a Leader for Wegman's and/or Shaw's sites)

Tues, October 13 8 PM Doors Open
Democratic Presidential Debate Watch
West Newton Cinema
Event is free. Refreshments for $.  Spirited discussion unlimited.

MBTA Locations Early AM when the weather is clear.
Repeat often until we're done (or frozen).

Sat, October 17 10 AM & 2 PM
Library and/or other locations (need a Leader for Wegman's and/or Shaw's sites)

Sun, October 18 INDOORS
The Mall at Chestnut Hill
Mall hours are 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM.

OUTDOORS: Harvest Fair 10 AM - 4:00 PM
NewtonCenter Green at Langley Road & Centre Street

The Fair Share Amendment would create an additional tax of four percentage points 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.

 The petition for the Fair Share Amendment needs certified signatures from at least 64,750 registered voters by November 18th. 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.