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Marlborough Voters Urge Tax Fairness, Military Cuts to Avoid “Fiscal Cliff” and Protect Vital Programs

By the margin of 69%-31%, Marlborough voters sent a clear message on Tuesday to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington about the federal budget crisis and the impending “fiscal cliff."

By the margin of 69%-31%, Marlborough voters sent a clear message on Tuesday to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington about the federal budget crisis and the impending “fiscal cliff”.  The “Budget for All” ballot question calls for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or other vital programs; investment in jobs that will strengthen the US economy; an end to corporate tax loopholes and to the Bush cuts for the highest incomes; withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan now; and redirection of military spending to domestic needs and job creation. 

The statewide vote was 3 to 1 in favor of the measure, winning in all 91 Massachusetts cities and towns where it was on the ballot, including Fall River, Norwood, Great Barrington, Holyoke and Boston.

“The election just happened, but already Washington elites are talking about a ‘Grand Bargain’ that would cut Social Security, Medicare and programs for the poor with only token tax increases on the rich and cuts to the bloated military budget,” commented Michael Kane, executive director of the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants. “The reported ‘Grand Bargain’ would cut two and half times the amount  raised in new revenues to reduce the federal deficit.   The people of our state have overwhelmingly voted for an alternative to prevent cuts to programs that benefit us all and to invest in jobs instead.” 

The Budget for All passes at a critical moment as the “fiscal cliff” and “sequestration” loom on Washington’s horizon.  Unless Congress acts now, automatic cuts in needed programs will go into effect beginning January 1.  And even bigger cuts will follow.

Laurie Taymor-Berry of Survivors, Inc commented., “Tuesday’s vote sends a clear message to Senator Kerry, Senator Brown, Senator-Elect Warren, President Obama and other elected officials to deal with the deficit by changing the policies that caused it, not by cutting teachers’ jobs, mass transit, Medicaid and food aid.”

Initiated by over 80 community, peace, labor, and faith groups, the Budget for All is supported by State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, and Representatives Barney Frank, Mike Capuano, Jim McGovern and Ed Markey, along with 10 State Senators, 18 State Representatives, and 15 city councilors.

The Budget for All Coalition is gearing up to expand its work to ensure that Congress heeds the message sent to them by Marlborough voters and all the other parts of Massachusetts where it appeared on the ballot.

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arnold November 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Even if every union, public employee and other Democrat opposed spending cuts the economic reality is even if they confiscated the entire income of the 1%ers its still not enough to cover the spending. We have reached the point where the takers exceed the payers and even China will stop buying the debt. Our children and grandchildren will be crushed by the mounting debt. As for getting those 'greedy' corporations - just where do you think they will get the money to pay the increased taxes? The CONSUMER, just another hidden tax. Already the FHA is BILLIONS in the red and since the DEMS have removed the limits on public liability the taxpayers are going to be paying for that loss as well.
Richard A Cygan November 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
How many times have we heard that "Consumer spending is the heart of the economy"...? Given that the Federal Gov't deems it 'inappropriate' to count the long-term unemployed in their job's calculations, and hides the fact that BP Oil made a $5 Billion profit in the last quarter alone * But Big-Oil just keeps accepting those 'tax perks' Washington has for them....and WE, keep paying almost $4 per gallon for gas and home heating oil. Exactly WHERE does Washington think the consumer's will come up with the money to spend on boosting this economy? Maybe they think we'll be stupid enough to open credit cards with each bank who offers one....let's not get started on the banking industry (again)....Cynical, Nah, just a realist.
Richard A Cygan November 17, 2012 at 03:02 PM
If you'd like a good example of what unions can do for America, one need look no further than the Baker's union who have held their ground, and given 18,000 Hostess employees pink slips! The day of the all-powerful union's have gone, and we are greeted with the "the day of the STUPID/ARROGANT unions" Just an opinion...freedom of speech and all.

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