Raise Up Massachusetts Coalition

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Five business groups have sued to try to keep the so-called “millionaires tax” proposal off the Massachusetts ballot next year.

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    Activists called today for workers to strike and businesses to shut down in western Massachusetts on May 1st, as part of what is expected to be a nationwide protest.

The Massachusetts legislature is expected to take an initial step tomorrow in enacting a so-called “millionaires’ tax.”  Advocates on both sides are stepping up their lobbying.

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston
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Activists pushing for a so-called “millionaires’ tax” in Massachusetts say their campaign has had a successful start. They’ve collected more than enough signatures to advance the proposal toward the ballot, and have an endorsement from a powerful political ally.

The group Raise Up Massachusetts said it delivered over 157,000 signatures – more than double the number required – to the Secretary of State’s office by Tuesday’s deadline to advance a proposed constitutional amendment putting an additional tax on annual income above $1 million.

Group Backing Minimum Wage Question Cites Success

Nov 19, 2013

A group backing proposed ballot questions that would increase the minimum wage in Massachusetts and require that all workers be given earned sick time says it has collected nearly 270,000 signatures.

That would be nearly four times the number of signatures required to be submitted to city and town clerks by a deadline on Wednesday.

The Raise Up Massachusetts Coalition announced the results of its petition drive on Monday, one day before the scheduled debate in the state Senate on a bill to raise the minimum wage from the current $8 an hour to $11 an hour by 2016.