Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MassBudget: When Democracy Works


Dear Steve, 

This year in Massachusetts people participated, our democracy worked, and together we improved the lives and economic security of families across our state.

On January 1st hundreds of thousands of low wage workers will get a raise when the minimum wage goes up to $9 an hour.  When it reaches $11 in two years, over 600,000 workers, and their families, will be better able to make ends meet.   And we know that not only are children's lives improved in the short run when their family's income goes up, they also have a greater opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

Starting next July 1st every worker in the state will be able to take a sick day if they are too ill to work - or if they need to take a sick child to the doctor.  No longer will working people have to fear being fired for being sick.

These things happened because thousands of people across the state got involved in our democratic process and worked hard, together, to make life in our Commonwealth better.

We at MassBudget are proud that our research and analysis on these issues helped to support a vibrant and constructive debate that so many of you participated in actively.  It was great to see people across the Commonwealth engaged in a debate informed by hard evidence of how these policies can benefit working people, the overall economy, and the quality of life in our Commonwealth.

There will always be well-funded voices warning that policies that raise wages and improve working conditions are harmful.  With your support, we can continue to help you to build a more inclusive debate that focuses on making life better for all of the people of our Commonwealth.

If you can, please support MassBudget today.

Thank you and Happy New Year,
Noah Berger

MassBudget provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies--with particular attention to the effects on low- and moderate-income people.
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