Legislative Update: February 3, 2017

In Blog Posts, Fight for $15, Paid Leave by News Desk

Broad Support for Raise Up Massachusetts Priorities in Legislature After Successful Co-Sponsorship Drive

This year, Raise Up Massachusetts has three legislative priorities: winning paid family and medical leave for Massachusetts workers, passing legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2021, and advancing the Fair Share Amendment towards the 2018 ballot.

For the last month, we’ve been focused on the first step in advancing our agenda: persuading state legislators to co-sponsor our paid leave and minimum wage bills. Friday, February 3 was the last day for State Representatives to co-sponsor legislation for the 2017-2018 legislative session (State Senators can continue to cosponsor legislation).

Over the last few weeks, hundreds of you called, emailed, and visited your legislators to ask them to support our campaigns, and your hard work paid off-THANK YOU!

As of Friday afternoon, our paid leave bills were co-sponsored by 93 State Representatives and 25 State Senators (a clear majority of both chambers!), and our $15 minimum wage bills were co-sponsored by 70 State Representatives and 22 State Senators (close to half of all House members and a majority in the Senate-a big achievement for newly-filed legislation).

We’ve got lots of work ahead of us to educate legislators and the public about the importance of paid family and medical leave, a higher minimum wage for all workers, and the Fair Share Amendment, but our successful co-sponsorship drive puts us in a great place to move our campaigns forward.

Stay tuned for more opportunities in the next couple months, and make sure to check out our new website and share your story about why you support these critical issues.