the fair funding coalition.
Our Maryland is part of the Fair Funding Coalition, which is a group of more than a dozen organizations across the state that have come together to ensure that the state has the resources it needs to make significant new investments in education funding.
As a part of the fair funding coalition Our Maryland creates and distributes content around ensuring fair education funding by fixing the tax code, and stopping harmful budget cuts that limit much needed funding to public schools, state and local health departments, and state universities.
In 2020 the Maryland Fair Funding Coalition is targeting the Board of Public Works, to encourage them to reject harmful budget cuts and protect workers, essential workers and teachers.
The three-member Board of Public Works will consider these cuts on July 1 — just three working days from now — and decision makers need to hear from you to stop these misguided actions. Contact the members of the Board of Public Works today and ask them to reject Governor Hogan’s harmful cuts and protect the public services our families and communities need to thrive.
July 15 #TaxDay Actions
stop Gov. Hogan’s budget cuts.
EVERYONE MUST PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!
Today is #TaxDay, which is the deadline to file your taxes!
This year saw the unprecedented extension of tax deadlines due to the national COVID-19 pandemic. This year also showed the importance of tax revenue, as states try to respond to COVID-19 recovery needs.
It is critical that everyone pays their fair share, including corporations, to ensure that we have the ability to properly address the needs of our community during this volatile time.
Americans for Tax Fairness, the Maryland Fair Funding Coalition, and the Institute for Policy Studies have released new analysis that shows nine billionaires living in Maryland have profited $4.1B from the pandemic. Simultaneously, over 600,000 Marylanders have lost their jobs.
In response to the need for revenue, our state policymakers have cut $413M from public services and Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed necessary measures to raise revenue and provide our children with a world class education. Instead of cutting, we should be making sure that those who have the most are contributing their fair share in taxes.
Maryland’s upside down tax code allows for these 9 billionaires to pay a smaller share of their income to state and local taxes than working families for the same services that we ALL benefit from.
This cannot continue if we plan to successfully recover from this pandemic. Everyone must pay their fair share. Take action by signing this petition and contacting your legislators to urge them to support raising revenue through fair funding measures.
Join our social media storm at 11am, July 15, 2020!
Sample Tweets –
#BREAKING @FairFundingMD & @4TaxFairness analysis shows 9 billionaires in MD made $4.1B in the past 3 months. Pass #FairFundingMD to make sure they pay their fair share. We need those resources for COVID-19 recovery & more!
Maryland lacks COVID-19 recovery resources, while 9 Maryland billionaires gained $4.1B in the past 3 months. No more tax loopholes for the rich. Everyone should pay their fair share. We need #FairFundingMD #TaxDay
Tax breaks for the rich leave revenue on the table. @4TaxFairness & @FairFundingMD analysis shows 9 MD billionaires made $4.1B since the pandemic. It’s time everyone pay their fair share #FairFundingMD
In 2019, @FairFundingMD almost closed corporate loopholes and tax cuts for the rich! In 2020, everyone must pay their fair share, even the 9 MD billionaires who made $4.1B from the pandemic. Full report here – http://fairfundingmd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Maryland-Billionaires-1.pdf
@4TaxFairness launched a new site that shows how much billionaires have made in the pandemic. NINE Maryland billionaires have already made $4.1B, while 600K Marylanders have lost their jobs. Check it out here – https://americansfortaxfairness.org/billionaires/
Sample Facebook posts:
Sample post #1 – New analysis from Americans for Tax Fairness, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Maryland Fair Funding Coalition shows that NINE billionaires in Maryland have gained $4.1B since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between March 18—the rough start date of the pandemic shutdown, when most federal and state economic restrictions were in place—and June 17, the total net worth of the state’s 9 billionaires rose from $25 billion to $29.1 billion, based on an analysis of Forbes data. Over approximately the same period of the pandemic, 639,000 of the state’s residents lost their jobs, 63,000 fell ill with the virus and 3,000 died from it.
Instead of cutting $413M from funding for public services in this year, Maryland should be raising revenue by closing corporate loopholes and tax cuts for the super wealthy. Everyone should pay their fair share for the services that we ALL use and benefit from. Maryland’s own tax code is also full of special tax breaks that favor large, profitable corporations and wealthy individuals. If our state leaders took action to close these loopholes, we would have billions more to invest in schools, health care, transportation, child care, and other things our communities need to thrive.
See full analysis here – http://fairfundingmd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Maryland-Billionaires-1.pdf
Check out national statistics here – https://americansfortaxfairness.org/billionaires/
Sample Post #2 – New analysis from the Maryland Fair Funding Coalition, Americans for Tax Fairness, and the Institute for Policy Studies shows that nine Maryland billionaires have profited $4.1B in the first three months of the national pandemic.
Meanwhile, Maryland policymakers have already cut $413 million from funding for public services in the current year’s budget, including significant cuts to public universities that will reduce staffing and financial aid at some institutions. Governor Larry Hogan vetoed several bills that would have raised additional revenue to support public services.
Maryland’s own tax code is also full of special tax breaks that favor large, profitable corporations and wealthy individuals. If our state leaders took action to close these loopholes, we would have billions more to invest in schools, health care, transportation, child care, and other things our communities need to thrive. We need to close these loopholes now.
Full analysis here – http://fairfundingmd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Maryland-Billionaires-1.pdf
National data here: https://americansfortaxfairness.org/billionaires/
Sample Post #3 – The Maryland Fair Funding Coalition, Americans for Tax Fairness, and the Institute for Policy Studies have just released a report that shows nine Maryland billionaires have profited $4.1B in just three months of the national pandemic.
Simultaneously, low-wage workers, people of color and women have suffered disproportionately in the combined medical and economic crises because of long-standing racial and gender disparities. Billionaires are overwhelmingly white men.
We cannot address these systemic inequities without addressing the over-concentration of wealth in our state. Our state policymakers must close corporate loopholes and end tax cuts that enrich the super wealthy in order to raise the revenue needed to fully invest in the public services and recovery needs of those most impacted by COVID-19. Anything less perpetuates the existing disparities, furthers the gender and racial wealth gaps, and makes our state’s full recovery impossible.
See full analysis here: http://fairfundingmd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Maryland-Billionaires-1.pdf
National data here: https://americansfortaxfairness.org/billionaires/