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National Education Association Ponies Up $7 Million For Millionaires Tax Campaign In Massachusetts

October 27, 2022

The largest teachers union – and largest labor union – in the country has contributed $7 million to Fair Share Massachusetts, the referendum committee campaigning for a ballot question that would increase state income taxes on incomes of $1 million or more.

The National Education Association has so far contributed $7 million in cash plus more than $225,000 in an in-kind contribution for focus groups and public opinion polling, according to the web site of the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

The ballot question asks Massachusetts voters if they want to approve an amendment to the state constitution that would allow a 4 percent surcharge on income of $1 million on more, in addition to the existing flat state income tax rate on all incomes (which is currently 5 percent).

Supporters say the money would go for education and transportation. Critics point out that the state legislature can spend the money any way legislators want.

Figures are below, with links to the corresponding report.


National Education Association Cash Contributions


October 7, 2022                                                          $2,000,000


October 3, 2022                                                          $500,000


September 20, 2022                                                    $500,000


September 1, 2022                                                      $1,000,000


August 18, 2022                                                         $3,000,000



Total:                                                                           $7,000,000




National Education Association In-Kind Contributions (Meaning Goods and Services, Not Cash)


March 18, 2022                       Focus Groups and Public Opinion Polling                 $225,979.58


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