- Massachusetts Governor and Legislature
- United States of America
Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Legislature are advancing a budget plan that will cause deep and permanent injury to people and the environment. Their excuse is that there is simply not enough money. But the cause of the budget shortfall is their insistence on preserving waste and unjustified tax giveaways that they have awarded to well-connected interests over the years.
Among the urgently needed measures that they refuse to consider are:
• ending $1.0 billion in ineffective tax giveaways to corporations
• adding $1.2 billion in revenues by making the wealthy pay their fair share
• achieving $1.5 billion in savings through single payer health care
This totals $3.7 billion in savings - more than enough to close the entire $1.9b budget gap!
The Democratic Party holds the governor's office and over 80% of the seats in the Massachusetts Legislature so its vital to let the Democratic leadership know that they will be held accountable for the warped priorities in the current budget.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY STOOD UP
TO CALL FOR A FAIR, COMPASSIONATE BUDGET
Please add your voice by signing the Better Budget petition.
To Governor Patrick and Massachusetts State Legislators:
You are slashing funding for health care, education, social services and the environment, claiming that we’re out of money. Yet you refuse to stop your massive tax giveaways to corporations - giveaways which have proven ineffective and wasteful. And you refuse to reform a tax system that favors the rich, thus forcing low and middle-income people to pay higher effective tax rates than multi-millionaires.
We demand a Better Budget - one which funds all essential services through three key reforms:
• Eliminate unjustified tax subsidies for corporations.
• Implement a fairer tax system in which the wealthy pay their fair share.
• Stop runaway health care costs by implementing single-payer insurance.
The Better Budget Priorities for Massachusetts petition to Massachusetts Governor and Legislature was written by John Andrews and is in the category Government at GoPetition.