Somerville voters will have an opportunity on election day to send a message to Washington about budget priorities and peace and justice issues. Somerville needs resources to support its schools, libraries and social services. Yet huge amounts of money are going to fund the military and give tax breaks to the rich. Question 5 in Somerville calls on our elected officials to support funding jobs and human needs, protect social security, end the Afghanistan war, reduce the military budget and raise taxes on the wealthy.
The referendum challenges the program cuts and austerity budgets now debated in Washington and the mainstream media. Its perspective is that the federal deficits were caused by huge tax cuts, bad wars, bailing out banks and the spiraling cost of health care. This is a great chance to send a message about the real solutions to our problems. Somerville residents need to vote yes on Question #5.
The referendum is on the ballot in much of Greater Boston and other parts of Massachusetts. Among the officials supporting the referendum are Rep. Mike Capuano, State Sen. Pat Jehlen and State Rep. Denise Provost.