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‘Budget for All’ vote sends needed message



Last modified: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
To the editor:

I am writing to alert voters in Northampton, Hatfield, Westhampton, Montgomery, Southampton, Amherst, Pelham, Granby and the city of Holyoke to an important and unique opportunity to press Congress to envision and enact a “Budget for All” that would focus on “the true drivers of our deficit — unsustainable tax policies, the wars overseas and policies that helped cause the recent recession — rather than putting the middle class’s social safety net on the chopping block.”

The U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus has described their plan in these terms. Activating state legislators’ endorsement is crucial in moving this plan forward as a demonstration of meaningful broad-based constituent support of these goals. We have the opportunity to demonstrate this support by voting for the “Budget For All” Ballot Initiative Nov. 6.

Members of the Massachusetts Fund Our Communities Not War Coalition got this non-binding ballot question on the ballot in 76 towns across the state.

A million Massachusetts residents will have the chance to vote for a truly progressive budget that supports ending the war in Afghanistan, cutting the military budget and taxing the richest Americans in order to continue to support Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, unemployment compensation, housing, the support of veterans and expanded investment in green jobs.

These are the same priorities that were voted for by the City Council in Northampton and by the Amherst Town Meeting, but the message must be sent more forcefully.

Please vote to make your values heard.

Norma Akamatsu

Northampton