There has been much discussion lately about the upcoming ballot questions. NASW-MA has taken a position AGAINST ALL proposed questions. However, this week I want to highlight Question 3 which would cut state sales tax from 6.25% to 3% creating a $2.5 billion revenue hole on top of a projected $2 billion dollar budget deficit for next year. As a social worker, this drastic proposal is particularly distressing to me. If Question 3 passes, local aid and human services programs would need to be slashed and in some cases eliminated altogether.
We simply can't let that happen to our communities.
Toby McGrath, Chair of the VoteNoQuestion3 Campaign said this in response to one of the Boston Globe articles published this week: (See link http://bit.ly/b22OmJ )
“In a matter of hours there were over 500 comments on an on-line story about Question 3 in the Boston Globe. Maybe four comments tops were folks saying vote no. The on-line poll on the article had us losing 62-38 with all most 2,800 votes...”