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Public Support for New Revenues

Public Support for New Revenues

April 22, 2009

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer talks to a reporter
This afternoon, One Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Community Action Network, along with other organizations, held a rally to oppose budget cuts proposed in the HWM budget outside of the State House. The group also advocated for new revenue streams. Advocates from the housing, health, youth, environment, mental health and social work fields attended. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Executive Director at HCFA, spoke about the crucial need to support public programs and create new revenues. In particular, HCFA is supporting:

  1. An excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and minimally-nutritious snacks (Click here to download factsheet .pdf)
  2. Removing the sales tax exemption on alcohol sold in package stores (Click here to download fact sheet .doc)
  3. Closing the tax loophole on non-cigarette tobacco products (Click here to download fact sheet .doc))

The House begins its budget debate on Monday, April 27th. We wish the legislators support as they deal with a $1.46B revenue shortfall.

For more information on the event, click here for a boston.com article on the rally.