River Valley DSA Condemns the Tax Cuts

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Contact: 

The Executive Committee of the River Valley DSA

rvdemsoc@gmail.com 

ATTN for Immediate Release: October 5, 2023

River Valley DSA Condemns the Tax Cuts

River Valley DSA condemns the tax cuts that overwhelmingly passed the Massachusetts State House and Senate last week, and now head to Governor Maura Healey’s desk.

This so-called “tax relief” package would offer minimal financial aid to working-class residents of Massachusetts, while saving the wealthiest thousands of dollars. As the cost-of-living crisis continues, politicians had the opportunity to prioritize policies that would help working class Massachusetts residents like rent control, higher wages, expanding SNAP and MassHealth, and making childcare affordable. Instead, our state government’s number one priority was lining the pockets of the rich.

This decision is especially galling, as it essentially overturned the will of the people. Last year, Massachusetts voted to establish a new tax on income above one million dollars, earmarked for education and transportation, known as the Fair Share Amendment. The people made their voices heard that the problems facing our state require public investment, not tax credits. 

We are especially disappointed to see that all of the state legislators and senators representing Western Massachusetts voted in favor of the “tax relief” package, despite many of them supporting the Fair Share Amendment just last year.

We encourage Massachusetts residents to use the attached template to contact your state representative and state senator and let them know that you are upset with their decision to turn their backs on working class residents. 

In solidarity,

River Valley DSA

Executive Committee

Template for Contacting Legislators:

Find your state representative and senator here

Dear [Senator or Representative Name],

My name is [NAME] and I am a resident of [town]. Last year, I voted for the Fair Share Amendment because I wanted to see investment in our state’s crumbling transportation and education infrastructure. 

The tax cuts passed this week will save the richest residents of our state thousands, while offering almost nothing to working-class people, despite the ongoing cost of living crisis. At the same time, this vote undermines our democratic decision to ask the rich to pay their “Fair Share” to invest in public infrastructure last year.  I am deeply disappointed in your decision to turn your back to the needs of ordinary Bay Staters, and the democratic process. 

Sincerely,

[NAME]

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