Our regressive tax structure means that not all residents are paying their fair share, and this is one of the reasons I supported the "Millionaire's Tax." In our current system 1% of the population receives 99% of the wealth and these inequities further contribute to the cycle of poverty in our communities effecting all aspects of residents’ lives.
The way the city of Boston works with communities, specifically with licensing and permitting, is restrictive on communities of color and other minority populations. The state's responsibility to economic development and prosperity needs to be more inclusive and transparent. Additionally, the lack of leadership regarding the creative economy has been very apparent. For example, the last affordable housing for artists in Jamaica Plain were just sold to be redeveloped into luxury apartments. Until we recognize the value of all work, including the creative economy, service industry, on demand industries and other marginalized employment we cannot move towards equity in the state.
This is why I pledge to:
- Support the “Fight for $15.”
- Continue pushing for Fair Share Amendment (“Millionaire’s Tax”).
- Utilize progressive tax diversification structures to include property taxes, gas taxes and sales taxes as part of this equation.
- Push legislation that treats unearned income as a revenue source.
- Streamline government to promote equanimity in a variety of revenue streams with a focus on: cannabis dispensaries, the food and beverage industry, and the creative economy.