Thank you for voting!

Over 1,000,000 residents of the Commonwealth turned out to vote in the recent state primary election held on September, 4, 2018!

This represents a 160% increase in turnout compared to the 2016 state primary and the highest level of voter participation in a Massachusetts state primary election since the mid-2000s

This is all possible because ordinary citizens like YOU took the time out of your busy day and went to the polls to ensure that your voice was heard.

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SJC Upholds Unfair Campaign Finance Loophole

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has decided to uphold the union loophole in state campaign finance law, meaning that the state will continue to give an unfair advantage to unions over businesses when it comes to political speech.

Massachusetts is one of only six states that prohibits employers—but not unions—from contributing to political parties, committees, or candidates. Kentucky had a similar lopsided ban until 2016 when a federal district court ruled the ban unconstitutional in response to a Goldwater Institute lawsuit. The Massachusetts loophole bans political contributions from employers while allowing unions, including out of state unions, to contribute up to $15,000 to a single candidate. Individuals can only donate up to $1,000. Under current law, unions may also contribute via political action committees, while PACs supported by employers are prohibited.

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The Mad Scramble

Last night was quite the night for the State House & Senate. Despite having almost two years to do their job, legislators waited until the last minute on major bills with topics ranging from economic development and health care to education funding. Here are some highlights of the bills that were passed:

The Environmental Bond Bill (H4835)

The final bill added another $1B in earmarks from its original House and Senate versions, sending a $2.4B bond bill to the governor’s desk. This bill was loaded with pork projects like splash pads, skate parks, and golf courses. In a first in the nation push, it also calls on state agencies and communities to asses their vulnerability risk to natural disasters in order to plan for the future effects of global warming. Something tells me they should start prioritizing the exorbitant amount of debt they are leaving to future generations of this state with bond bills like this one rather than how the tiny state of MA plays into what they call a global crisis.

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