Tuesday, July 17, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 18th 2018

“Rivera blast MA SJC decision to strike down millionaire's tax”

SPRINGFIELD -- Today in a stunning decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ends the fate of a three-year process to create a constitutional amendment called the “ millionaire's tax”. The SJC struck down the effort to place this initiative on the November ballot citing issues with the language and its specific allocation to transportation and education funding.

“Western Mass has constantly taken the brunt of a lack of investment from the state in education, transportation, clean energy infrastructure, and addressing our aging housing stock. These communities are constantly asked to do more with less. Advocates fought for this “millionaire's tax’ because our legislative body has been at a standstill on funding our future here in Hampden county and throughout the region. Now more than ever, we cannot stand on the sidelines hoping for a fix, we need to fight for the investments our community deserves,” said Rivera.

Rivera is running for the Hampden district State Senate seat. He is the former Policy Advisor for United States Senator Ed Markey and a former Springfield City Councilor. He is running against long-time incumbent Senator Jim Welch of West Springfield.

“The status quo is choking off the incredible potential of this community and region. The proper investments could help this community close gaps in education, connect our transportation to more economic opportunities, and build the infrastructure of tomorrow, today. We cannot expect to change that by going along to get along; we need to make sure the voice of our community is heard and not ignored on Beacon Hill,’ explained Rivera.