The Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) and allies formed the 80-organization Budget for All Coalition to initiate a referendum campaign early in 2012. The Coalition collected more than 25,000 signatures to place a ballot question for Massachusetts voters to consider on November 6. As Congress continues to debate the federal budget and the so-called fiscal cliff, the Budget for All Coalition sought to prevent drastic cuts to federal programs while working toward a more balanced tax policy.
Ballot Question 4 called for:
- No cuts to Social Security, Medicare, housing, food, and unemployment assistance.
- Creating jobs by investing in housing, schools, renewable energy, manufacturing, transportation and other public services.
- Ending corporate tax loopholes, off-shore tax havens, raising taxes on incomes greater than $250,000.
- Ending the war in Afghanistan now and reducing military spending.
Question 4 succeeded statewide by a three-to-one margin (623,128 to 209,725), and passed by a wide margin in every district and in all 91 Massachusetts cities and towns where it appeared on the ballot.
The referendum's passage will give a boost to the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ “Deal for All” (H.Res. 733), which received 78 votes in the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2012, including from five members of the Massachusetts delegation. Deal for All reflects the same four principles contained in Question 4.
Click here for more about the Budget for All Coalition.
Click here for the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget for All.