Jackie Brousseau-Pereira: Easthampton Dems on nerd questions

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira: Easthampton Dems on nerd questions

Published: 10/29/2022 12:33:23 PM

Modified: 10/29/2022 12:33:02 PM

The Easthampton Democratic City Committee supports a yes vote on Question 1, Question 2, and Question 4. We refrain from taking a stance on Question 3.

Question 1, the Fair Share Amendment, would create an additional 4% tax on the portion of a person’s annual income above $1 million. Policy makers anticipate this tax would bring in an additional $2 billion a year, which would be used to fund transportation infrastructure, public pre-K-12 education, and public higher education. This question attempts to mitigate income inequality and pledges to spend increased revenues in areas with the greatest need: infrastructure and education.

Question 2, Medical Loss Ratios for Dental Insurance, would regulate dental insurance rates and require insurance companies to spend at least 83% of premiums on dental care for members, as opposed to administrative expenses and bonuses for insurance company executives. If this threshold is not met, the insurer will be required to return the excess premium to their covered individuals and groups. Question 2 also prevents insurance companies from raising premiums in response to this change.

Question 4, Remove Proof of Citizenship or Immigration Status for Driver’s License, would ratify a law already passed in the Legislature, allowing undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts to obtain a driver’s license or learner’s permit if they meet all the usual requirements, including a road test, proof of identity, and residency. This law is in place in 17 other states where it has made roads safer. It has the support of many members of law enforcement. Those without citizenship who obtain a license will not be registered to vote — a common misconception of opponents to this question.

A yes vote on each of these questions is in keeping with the platform of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. We believe that “every person has the right to live a full, meaningful life with equal access to opportunity, security, and inclusion and that government exists to empower people by providing high-quality public education, ensuring universal access to health care, protecting our environment, reducing income inequality, and guaranteeing equal rights and opportunity for all.”

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira

Chair, Easthampton Democratic City Committee

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