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Help us prevent $8 billion in budget cuts, take action today!

Hello all, 
 
Please consider signing your organization onto the Invest in Our Recovery campaign, a call to action to avoid budget cuts that would worsen racial inequalities and further shift the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic onto working people, and to instead raise new revenue by requiring profitable corporations and their wealthy shareholders to pay their fair share of taxes. 
 
Read the email below for more information.
 
 
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From: Jeneczka Roman <jroman@mapublichealth.org>
Date: Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 4:24 PM
Subject: Help us prevent $8 billion in budget cuts, take action today!
To: 
 

Good Afternoon Equity Task Force Members, 

 

As of today, 35 Task Force Organizations have signed on to publicly support the Invest In Our Recovery Campaign! Great work, ya’ll! We’re half way there to reaching our goal of 65 organizational sign-ons from the Task Force on Coronavirus and Equity.

 

With Labor Day around the corner, how can you help us get there?

 

1.       Please sign your organization onto the Invest in Our Recovery Organizational Sign-on Letter in advance of Monday, September 7th.  If you need more time to bring this to the proper committee in your organization, we ask that you please start that process – as your support will be crucial over the course of this campaign.

a.       To see which members of the Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity have already signed on, click here.

2.       Please SPREAD THE WORD to your members and partner organizations!

a.       Please forward this email or check out these additional resources to engage and educate others, including fact sheets, PowerPoints , and more - click here.

b.       Key talking points about the campaign are included below my signature.

 

3.       Have QUESTIONS, need SUPPORT or ADVICE about engaging others? We are here to help! Please contact Jeneczka Roman at the MA Public Health Association atjroman@mapublichealth.org, and we will do anything we can to answer your questions and support your advocacy.

 

4.       Help make Labor Day a success! Join in person or online for the Workers Rally for a Just Recovery on Monday, September 7th starting at 11:00 am. There are three ways to participate:

a.       Pop-Up Drive-in: Starts at 11:00 am

b.       State House Action In Person: Arrive at 11:30 am

c.       Digitally/online

For more information and to RSVP, please click here: bit.ly/workers-rally.

Please help amplify on social with these template posts and graphics!

 

 

If you have questions or I can be of support, please reach out—I’m happy to set up a time to chat.

 

Thank you all for you advocacy!

 

Best,

 

Jeneczka

 

 

Jeneczka Roman

Public Policy Specialist

Massachusetts Public Health Association

50 Federal Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA  02110

(o) 857-302-7238| (c) 203-988-4241

jroman@mapublichealth.org

Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

Join us September 18, 9-10am, to honor and learn from Dr. Camara Jones.

Click to register now, pay what you can.

*A virtual breakfast*

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Invest in Our Recovery Talking Points

 

·       Lawmakers have a choice: we can let deep budget cuts drive us deeper into a recession that deepens racial and economic inequities, or we can invest in public services that improve public health, grow our economy, and reduce racial inequality.

 

·       Even before the pandemic, the Massachusetts economy was working great for those at the top, but that prosperity was not reaching most of our people and communities. Now, the pandemic has heightened the economic and racial inequalities that prevent broadly shared prosperity.

 

·       As Massachusetts responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant state revenue shortfall, we must not default to deep budget cuts that worsen the effects of this downturn and impair our economy’s recovery. We know that an adequate response from state government will require significant new revenue.

 

·       Massachusetts has the ability to raise significant new revenue now, without putting the burden on those most affected by the pandemic. Many large, profitable corporations that do business in Massachusetts use loopholes to hide their profits. Some exploit tax breaks to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Many take advantage of weak corporate disclosure laws to keep the public in the dark about just how little they contribute.

 

·       The economic facts are clear: raising progressive revenue to avoid budget cuts is the best way to avoid prolonging a recession. State budget cuts hurt economic growth removing money from our local economy – money that would otherwise be spent at local businesses and recirculate in the local economy. Progressive tax increases affect consumer spending much less, because a significant portion of dollars collected in additional taxes from high-income individuals and profitable corporations would have gone to savings, trust funds, stock buybacks, or investments in other states or countries.

 

·       Legislators should adopt ‘Corporate Fair Share’ policies that ask profitable corporations and their wealthy shareholders to contribute more to our economic recovery.

 

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