Massachusetts Fair Share

We stand up for a Massachusetts where everyone gets a fair shot, does and pays their fair share, and plays by the same rules.

Updates on Massachusetts Fair Share Budget Priorities

The full Massachusetts House is considering the Fiscal Year 2018 budget after the Ways and Means Committee released their draft version.

Over the last few 4 years, Massachusetts Fair Share has been pushing for increased investments in early education. We know that early education is the foundation of lifelong success and can address the academic achievement gap, but investment has lagged significantly.

We were proud to see that  $15 million was added into a rate reserve for our early educators, seeing the critical investment made by the legislature is a step in the right direction. Through our work, we found that increasing the support for early educators is critical to stabilize the field and allow providers to maintain staff, which has a very large turnover rate, due in large part to underfunding.

Although we were happy to see this initial investment into early education, we will continue to push for the full $36.4 million amount that the Board of Early Childhood Education and Care suggested. We think our young children are worth this critical investment to ensure they have high-quality teachers.

We’re backing the amendment to add an additional $5 million to the rate reserve for early educators, put forward by state Representative Alice Peisch, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. So far, we have reached 63 cosigners to Rep. Peisch’s amendment.

At Massachusetts Fair Share we have pushed this issue to make sure that every child in the state gets the same strong start. We have met with legislators on the Ways and Means committee to ensure that they know how important early education is. We have delivered a letter which earned the support of over 100 early childhood professors, and practitioners to invest into early childhood education.

We can afford to invest in early education and child care, too, if we address loopholes in our corporate tax code. Representative Cutler of Duxbury and 16 cosponsors are fighting to do just that. By cutting corporate tax loopholes in Massachusetts we could receive an estimated $79 million in revenue, that we could put toward Massachusetts kids.

Representatives Cosigning for Early Education Amendment

  1. Peisch of Wellesley
  2. Cutler of Duxbury
  3. Linsky of Natick
  4. Livingstone of Boston
  5. Vieira of Falmouth
  6. Khan of Newton
  7. Ferrante of Gloucester
  8. Vega of Holyoke
  9. Walsh of Framingham
  10. Smizik of Brookline
  11. Pignatelli of Lenox
  12. Dwyer of Woburn
  13. Barber of Somerville
  14. Keefe of Worcester
  15. Tucker of Salem
  16. Chan of Quincy
  17. Ayers of Quincy
  18. Connolly of Cambridge
  19. Puppolo of Springfield
  20. Cantwell of Marshfield
  21. Driscoll of Milton
  22. McMurtry of Dedham
  23. Rogers of Cambridge
  24. Brodeur of Melrose
  25. Lawn of Watertown
  26. Tosado of Springfield
  27. D’Emilia of Bridgewater
  28. Schmid of Westport
  29. Ferguson of Holden
  30. Balser of Newton
  31. Cahill of Lynn
  32. Crighton of Lynn
  33. Gordon of Bedford
  34. Madaro of Boston
  35. Benson of Lunenburg
  36. Campbell of Methuen
  37. Higgins of Leominster
  38. Collins of Boston
  39. Lewis of Framingham
  40. Mark of Peru
  41. Cariddi of North Adams
  42. Stanley of Waltham
  43. Fiola of Fall River
  44. Kafka of Stoughton
  45. Garlick of Needham
  46. Decker of Cambridge
  47. Dykema of Holliston
  48. Barrows of Mansfield
  49. DuBois of Brockton
  50. Sánchez of Boston
  51. Moran of Lawrence
  52. Hecht of Watertown
  53. Evandro C. Carvalho
  54. Jeffrey N. Roy
  55. John W. Scibak
  56. Bradford R. Hill
  57. Mark J. Cusack
  58. Byron Rushing
  59. Denise Provost
  60. William C. Galvin
  61. Jay R. Kaufman
  62. Lori A. Ehrlich
  63. Diana DiZoglio
  64. Steven Ultrino

Representatives for Closing Tax Loopholes

  1. Cutler of Duxbury
  2. Cantwell of Marshfield
  3. Calter of Kingston,
  4. Ultrino of Malden
  5. Dwyer of Woburn
  6. Dykema of Holliston
  7. Provost of Somerville
  8. Garry of Dracut
  9. Day of Stoneham
  10. Barber of Somerville
  11. Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield
  12. Decker of Cambridge
  13. Fernandes of Falmouth
  14. Ashe of Longmeadow
  15. Heroux of Attleboro
  16. Lewis of Framingham

 

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