The Fair Share Amendment is a chance to make sure that public education gets the funding it needs and deserves.
What is the Fair Share Amendment?
The Fair Share Amendment is a proposal to amend the Massachusetts Constitution, which would create an additional tax of four percentage points on the portion of a person’s annual income above $1 million. The new revenue, approximately $2 billion a year, would be spent on “quality public education and affordable public colleges and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.”
This new revenue would be dedicated to quality public education and transportation. Up to $2 billion a year will be dedicated to goals that help our communities such as reducing class sizes in elementary grades, strengthening high education programs, and cutting student debt.
Why do we need the Fair Share Amendment?
- Our preK-12 schools have not received consistent or adequate funding. Essential programs have been slashed, including music and art. Our vocational high schools have long waiting lists that limit access for students.
- Prosperity is spread unevenly across the state – and the needs of working families are not addressed because the wealthiest among us are not paying their fair share.
- Public colleges are underfunded and increasingly unaffordable.
The Fair Share Amendment – massteacher.org. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2022, from https://massteacher.org/-/media/massteacher/files/initiatives/fairsharema/fsaflyer.pdf?la=en