It's Time for Corporations to Pay Their Fair Share! Ask if Your Legislator Agrees.

 

Big business lobbyists are pushing legislators to pass regressive taxes and fees that disproportionately affect low- and middle-income people, in order to fund investments in our roads, bridges, and public transportation. Their proposal includes a series of user fees, including a 15 cent/gallon increase in the gas tax, higher tolls, and new fees on ride-hailing. Noticeably absent is a greater contribution from large, profitable businesses.

 

We cannot accept this. Here is the Raise Up Massachusetts response: Rather than only asking working people to pay more, it is long overdue and absolutely necessary that our elected officials ask corporations to pay their fair share.

 

The same corporations whose employees drive on our publicly funded roads and bridges, ride our public transportation system to and from work, and benefit from our highly educated workforce are off-shoring their profits to pay less taxes, taking advantage of an absurdly low corporate minimum tax, and hiding all sorts of other corporate loopholes from us because we have insufficient corporate disclosure laws.

 

Goals: Contact your legislator by call or email and voice your opposition to regressive revenue and voice your support for corporations paying their fair share. Ask, will they oppose a revenue package asking only working people to pay? Do they support closing corporate tax loopholes - such as taxing profits from offshore tax havens, establishing a tiered corporate minimum, and requiring corporate disclosure?

 

A Note: We truly hope to learn from these conversations which means we must track their outcomes! If you get an email back from a legislator, please forward them to info@raiseupma.org

 

If you are unable to call your legislator through CallOut, you can find your legislator's phone number at https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator. If you call a legislator and aren't able to fill out the results box on the screen, then email info@raiseupma.org or text 857-242-0412 with the outcomes of your call including:

-- Which legislator did you call?

-- Did you talk to your legislator or an aide?

-- Did your legislator commit to supporting progressive revenue?

-- How would your legislator suggest we raise revenue?