Mass Live — Report on the bill filed by Rep. Livingstone and supported by a coalition of more than thirty organizations, including Health Care for All, Boston Children’s Hospital, Greater Boston Food Bank and many others. “It take a comprehensive approach to helping those that need the help the most – kids whose parents are on some sort of public assistance,” said State Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, the bill’s prime sponsor. “It really tries to get at the issues that they have often in school by focusing on all the problems – nutrition, housing, healthcare – and trying to find ways to improve each of those things and also make the government more efficient.” Read the story.
Rep. Livingstone re-filed the Budget for All Resolution for the General Court to adopt. The Resolution calls upon the President and U.S. Congress to:
• Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance;
• Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;
• Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and
• Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.
The resolution addresses the same issues of a non-binding ballot initiative voted upon on November 6, 2012 by voters in 91 cities and towns across Massachusetts, although the ballot initiative urged elected state officials to make these requests to our elected federal officials. The voters overwhelming expressed their support for a “Budget for All” non-binding public policy question during that election. Former Rep. Carl Sciortino filed the same resolution during the 188th Legislative Session as H3211.
The resolution requests that the federal government’s budget reflect our values as a society and that the federal government re-direct funding to invest in our domestic needs.
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