New tax means growth

In Fair Share Amendment, Fight for $15, News, Paid Leave by News Desk

Boston Herald letter to the editor:

The Herald is right to observe that Raise Up Massachusetts is “going all in on the 2018 ballot” with campaigns to raise the minimum wage to $15 and to create a paid family and medical leave insurance program (“Expensive triple threat, Aug. 1) After decades of our country’s economic gains going almost exclusively to those at the top, we need to go “all in” to support working families.

That’s why voters overwhelmingly support a higher minimum wage, paid leave and our Fair Share Amendment, which would invest in transportation and education with an extra 4 percent tax on income above $1 million.

At Raise Up Massachusetts — a grass-roots coalition of community organizations, religious groups, and labor unions — we have a vision of an economy that invests in families, gives everyone the opportunity to succeed and creates broadly shared prosperity.

By investing in our education system, improving our roads, bridges, and public transportation, and ensuring that workers have more money to spend and job security even when they or a family member gets sick, we can grow our economy from the bottom up, not the top down.

— Sheila Decter, executive director, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Boston