On Nov. 4, Election Day, Massachusetts voters won’t just be choosing a new president. We’ll also be asked to decide whether we want to abolish our state income tax.

While the prospect of having extra cash during these tight times is appealing, budget experts tell us the effect of this enormous amount of lost revenue to the state would be felt immediately and significantly in our towns and in our classrooms, to say nothing of its impact on healthcare, roads and bridges, and public safety.

Many SOSers last week attended the education forum sponsored by Sen. Tarr and Rep. Hill, during which Mike Widmer, president of the independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Association, outlined the ways in which Question 1 would derail our towns. (Click here to read Widmer’s recent editorial in The Boston Globe, and click here to read a news article on Question 1 from this Sunday’s New York Times.)

Stand for Children, the statewide organization that advocates for school kids, is just one of many organizations that oppose Question 1. They’re asking us to do two things right now:

  1. Click here to join with other school-minded voters in opposing Question 1 on November 4.
  2. Ask our friends and neighbors to vote no as well. Please consider forwarding this email to families with children not yet in the school system, or from other towns in Massachusetts.

Thanks for paying attention to this important issue.

Tracy Mayor
Co-Chair, Lobbying Committee

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