Fair Share Amendment

A once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Commonwealth to sustainably fund improvements to our education and transportation systems. 

What is the Fair Share Amendment? What does it do?

The Fair Share Amendment is a change to the Massachusetts state constitution, passed by voters in 2022, that will generate about $2 billion in yearly support for transportation and public education. The revenue comes from an additional tax on households with very high incomes—that’s why it’s also known as a “millionaire’s tax.”

Here’s what these dollars will support:

  • Improvements to our schools, colleges, universities, early education, vocational training, and adult education
  • Better roads, bridges, trains, buses, ferries, and infrastructure for biking and pedestrians
  • An important step towards tax justice and racial equity

Voters decided YES on the Fair Share Amendment on the November 2022 ballot.

Why is Fair Share so important?

Fair Share is a great way to equitably fund a bright future for every community in the Commonwealth. The new revenue will help:

Make childcare accessible and affordable for those who need it

Repair and sustain our state’s network of roads and bridges

Give us top-notch public schools with  great educators and more supplies

Modernize our rail and bus systems for convenience and affordability

Ensure our public college students graduate without crushing debt

What does the amendment actually say?

The following text is the exact language that the amendment adds to the state constitution. Hover over the highlighted text to see further detail on what it means and why it matters.

To provide the resources for quality public  education  and affordable public  colleges and universities , and for the repair and maintenance of  roads ,  bridges  and  public transportation , all  revenues received  in accordance with this paragraph shall be expended,  subject to appropriation ,  only for these purposes . In addition to the taxes on income  otherwise authorized  under this Article, there shall be an additional tax of  4 percent  on  that portion  of annual taxable  income  in excess of $1,000,000 (one million dollars) reported on any return related to those taxes. To ensure that this additional tax continues to apply only to the commonwealth’s  highest income taxpayers , this $1,000,000 (one million dollars) income level shall be adjusted annually to reflect any increases in the cost of living by the same method used for federal income tax brackets. This paragraph shall apply to all tax years beginning on or after  January 1, 2023 .

How Can You Get Involved?

Say YES to Solving Regional and Statewide Transportation Challenges

Say YES to Affordable and Accessible Early Education

Say YES to Fully Funding Our K-12 Public Schools

Say YES to Addressing the Student Debt Crisis

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