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Sudbury Voters Urge Tax Fairness, Military Cuts to Avoid 'Fiscal Cliff' and Protect Vital Programs

By the margin of 63%-37%, Sudbury voters sent a clear message on Tuesday to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington about the federal budget crisis and the impending “fiscal cliff."

By the margin of 63%-37%, Sudbury voters sent a clear message on Tuesday to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington about the federal budget crisis and the impending “fiscal cliff."  The “Budget for All” ballot question calls for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or other vital programs; investment in jobs that will strengthen the US economy; an end to corporate tax loopholes and to the Bush cuts for the highest incomes; withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan now; and redirection of military spending to domestic needs and job creation. 

The statewide vote was 3 to 1 in favor of the measure, winning in all 91 Massachusetts cities and towns where it was on the ballot, including Fall River, Norwood, Great Barrington, Holyoke and Boston.

“The election just happened, but already Washington elites are talking about a ‘Grand Bargain’ that would cut Social Security, Medicare and programs for the poor with only token tax increases on the rich and cuts to the bloated military budget,” commented Michael Kane, executive director of the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants. “The reported ‘Grand Bargain’ would cut two and half times the amount  raised in new revenues to reduce the federal deficit.   The people of our state have overwhelmingly voted for an alternative to prevent cuts to programs that benefit us all and to invest in jobs instead.” 

The Budget for All passes at a critical moment as the “fiscal cliff” and “sequestration” loom on Washington’s horizon.  Unless Congress acts now, automatic cuts in needed programs will go into effect beginning January 1.  And even bigger cuts will follow.

Laurie Taymor-Berry of Survivors, Inc commented., “Tuesday’s vote sends a clear message to Senator Kerry, Senator Brown, Senator-Elect Warren, President Obama and other elected officials to deal with the deficit by changing the policies that caused it, not by cutting teachers’ jobs, mass transit, Medicaid and food aid.”

Initiated by over 80 community, peace, labor, and faith groups, the Budget for All is supported by State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, and Representatives Barney Frank, Mike Capuano, Jim McGovern and Ed Markey, along with 10 State Senators, 18 State Representatives, and 15 city councilors.

The Budget for All Coalition is gearing up to expand its work to ensure that Congress heeds the message sent to them by Suburyvoters and all the other parts of Massachusetts where it appeared on the ballot.

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pmotw November 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Spin it anyway you want. Funny, I do not know one person in Sudbury who voted for Warren or Obama.
Mike Hullinger November 16, 2012 at 06:19 PM
One should start with the basic question of how and where the Federal Government obtained the power and the right to spend all this money in the first place. Maybe if the political class observed Constitutional limits on Federal Government powers and observed more diligently the rights reserved to the States and the People under the Constitution, we wouldn't be talking about a fiscal cliff, a National debt now equal to our GDP, and no end in sight to the financial shackles and restraints on liberty we are placing on our children via the Federal Government.
LessIsMore November 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
It is this type of outcome that is truly disheartening. I do not see how our country will ever be able to pull itself out of its downward spiral when a majority of people engage in "Magic Thinking". Social Security and Medicare are insolvent. In fact, the only thing that keeps the Federal government from insolvency is its ability to print dollars. However, by printing money to cover its debts the Federal government steals money from those people that have worked and saved funds by devaluing those savings. As long as the people refuse to face these facts we will continue to run full speed at the wall/cliff. If we do not take action now we will be forced to do so soon and when that happens it will be far more painful. There is no solution to our deficit and debt issues without addressing Social Security, Medicare/caid and Safetynet/Welfare. These programs represent 54% of the FY2013 budget. This rises to 60% of the budget if you include interest on our debt. This expenses are growing much faster than the balance of the budget and the proportion of total spending will only increase. The bottom line is there in no way to address the budget/debt issues without changes to these programs and the sooner citizens come to grips with this the better chance we can resolve these issues in a relatively organized manner. The question in not 'if' these issues will be addressed but when.
Armando November 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
These guys do realize that if all military spending were cut, we'd still be running a $400 billion annual deficit, right? ... Right?

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