Winning the Fair Share Amendment: Taxing the Rich to Fight Austerity and Debt

Max Page, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association,
Shanique Spalding, Executive Director of MA Voter Table, statewide BIPOC communities coordinator for the Fair Share Amendment campaign
Jenn Kauffman, Chief of Staff, State Revenue Alliance
Ian Rhodewalt, Field Organizer for the Western Mass Area Labor Federation, Western Massachusetts Regional Organizer for the Fair Share Amendment campaign

Join us to learn how the historic victory of the Fair Share Amendment was won in Massachusetts last November. How did unions, community organizations, and faith based groups come together to win an amendment to the state constitution that increases the annual income tax on any income over the first million dollars a year by a modest four percent? Now that we have the first billion dollars from the Fair Share Amendment in the state budget (paid for by an increased tax on just 20,000 households), what lessons can we share with other union led tax justice movements across the country? What are the next steps for the Fair Share Amendment and the coalition that won it?

Max Page,
Shanique Spalding,
Jenn Kauffman,
Ian Rhodewalt

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