About the Tax

The Fair Share Amendment is crucial to moving Massachusetts forward, but it’s also a complicated piece of fiscal policy. Massachusetts has a 40 billion dollar budget, but over half (55 percent) is devoted to Health and Human Services – programs like MassHealth – and much of the rest (nearly 20 percent) is devoted to the state’s existing education obligations. Adding complexity, the Commonwealth’s revenue is difficult to predict, and radical right wing ideologues in Washington are making our fiscal future even more uncertain.

Below are answers to commonly asked questions about the Fair Share Amendment, with a particular focus on how much money the Commonwealth can expect to raise from it, and how we can deal with fiscal uncertainty going forward.