Massachusetts Fair Share
Our top priority
Put Massachusetts Kids First
Massachusetts should lead on education, but when it comes to early education we're falling behind. While states like Oklahoma offer a free year of early education to every child, Massachusetts has repeatedly cut funding for these critical programs. Since 2001, state funding for community-based early education and care and out-of-school time has not kept pace with inflation, resulting in a reduction of more than $100 million – a 50% decrease in the state’s commitment to its youngest scholars.
We can do better. Every child derserves the same strong start. That's why we've joined Put Massachusetts Kids First, a broad-based coalition of more than two dozen organizations across the Commonwealth focused on improving outcomes for children by stabilizing and strengthening the workforce that engages with young children who can most benefit from qualified educators.
As legislators draft the budget for the next year, it's our chance to make early education a priority. If we want to expand access to preschool, we need to raise our voices now.
OUR LEAD CAMPAIGNS
Kids, Not Cuts!
We believe that everyone deserves a fair shot in life, and that starts with a quality education. When the sequester hit schools, and took 2,015 Massachusetts kids out of Head Start classrooms, we stood up and took action.
On Aug. 21, we delivered 5,000 petitions in favor of restoring education funding cut by the sequester and against further cuts to U.S. Sen. Warren's office. Read more here.
In December, Congress agreed to reverse most of these cuts. We will continue to work to stop cuts to education and work to expand early education to every child who wants it.
Put America Back to Work
America has work to do: We need new schools, more teachers and better roads, bridges and transit systems. At the same time, millions of people who are ready, willing and able to get these jobs done are still unemployed.
It’s time to put America back to work. We can rehire teachers and firefighters who were laid off in the recession. We can put people to work building and rebuilding schools and fixing our roads and bridges. And we can pay for it by cutting $200 billion in wasteful subsidies and tax loopholes for the biggest corporations.
Learn more about Massachusetts Fair Share's campaign to Put America Back to Work.
Get Big Money Out of Politics
Our democracy should give each of us a voice — and government should look out for us, not just for the privileged and powerful. But it doesn’t work that way. Instead, unlimited campaign spending from corporations and the richest Americans rig the system against the average voter.
Things are getting worse because the Supreme Court has decided that corporations are people, and that they and the wealthy can spend as much as they want on elections. Now big corporations and wealthy interests are flooding the airwaves, spending millions of dollars to elect candidates who will look out for their interests, not ours. They can spend unlimited amounts of money, without even disclosing who they are.
That’s just wrong. Corporations are not people, and the richest players shouldn’t get to buy our democracy.
ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS FAIR SHARE
Bringing people together to stand up for fairness
• We stand for an Massachusetts where everyone gets their fair share, does their fair share, and pays their fair share — and where everyone plays by the same rules. Massachusetts Fair Share works to make sure every Bay State resident gets a fair shot at a good job, a secure future and a strong voice in our democracy.
• We organize ordinary people to stand up and take action — against policies that rig the system in favor of the wealthy and the powerful, and in favor of policies that expand opportunity for the many, not just the few.
• We help elect leaders who will fight for a Massachusetts that works for all of us — and help defeat those who stand in the way.
Grassroots action that gets results
• In 2012, we called on then-Senator Scott Brown to vote to extend middle class tax cuts, and not hold middle class families hostage as a way to protect controversial tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. We brought together dozens of local businesses to speak up. Sen. Brown voted for the measure.
• Over the summer of 2013, Massachusetts Fair Share knocked on more than 25,000 doors across the state to talk to people face-to-face about education cuts. Our work was highlighted in the Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette and dozens of other media outlets.
• Massachusetts Fair Share is part of the Fair Share network, working in partnership wtih organizers across the country.
For more information about Massachusetts Fair Share's current campaigns, visit our blog.