Category Archives: Revenue

Tobacco Tax Increased Today: Win – Win – Win – Win …. (how many wins do you want?)

Today Massachusetts increased its tobacco taxes, on both cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. Back when the legislature was debating tobacco taxes in the 1990s, one legislator called it a win-win policy, and another responded that it was a win-win-win … Continue reading

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HCFA Looks Ahead to 2013

Happy New Year from all of HCFA (see our staff picture above)! The year 2013 will be a critical year for health care in Massachusetts. State government will be making numerous decisions that will directly impact the availability, cost and … Continue reading

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The Health Care Case Against Question 3

As the video above says, Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot next week would cut the state sales tax, devastating health care programs. Health Care For All urges a no vote on the Question 3 (and Question 1). An analysis … Continue reading

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No Special Tax Breaks For Alcohol: The No On 1 Campaign Kicks Off

On Wednesday afternoon, the Committee Against Repeal of Alcohol Tax held the kick-off for its “Vote No on 1” campaign against the repeal of the alcohol tax outside the Massachusetts State House. Passionate speeches and a high energy level highlighted … Continue reading

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The Health Case For Why We Should Maintain The Sales Tax on Alcohol

The Campaign for Addiction Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, a broad coalition of organizations working on substance abuse and related issues, is working hard to urge House members to vote no today on amendment 43, which would repeal last year’s statute … Continue reading

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Watch, and then Call: “There’s Nothing More Hurtful And Regressive Than A Budget Cut”

First, please watch the video below, highlights from today’s inspirational, packed “Stop The Cuts” rally at the State House. The speakers include Harris Gruman of SEIU and the Stop the Cuts Coalition; Lisa Wong, Mayor of Fitchburg; John Bennett of … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Mental Health, MA Health Reform, Oral Health, Prescription Drug Reform, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Revenue | 1 Comment

Increase Taxes! Stop the Cuts! (Rally, Noon Monday)

We’re going to go beyond some of the more polite euphemisms, like “revenue enhancements,” and say what we mean: Massachusetts should increase taxes. We’ve talked about the bad news from the Senate Ways & Means Committee’s FY10 budget proposal nearly … Continue reading

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