This report shows that while supporters of a state constitutional amendment that would impose a 4 percent tax rate hike on annual income over $1 million claim additional revenue from the surtax will fund public education and transportation needs, the amendment in no way assures that there will be new spending on these priorities. In fact, without violating the amendment, total state education and transportation funding could stay the same or even fall.
About Kevin Martin
Kevin P. Martin is co-chair of the Appellate Litigation group at Goodwin Procter LLP. Mr. Martin has argued and briefed numerous cases in federal and state appellate courts around the country, and also has extensive experience in both trial matters and internal and government investigations. Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Martin clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court and Judge Laurence Silberman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. He served as a special assistant district attorney for Middlesex County (MA) from 2004 2005, and has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for his work before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign
Service, and Columbia Law School.
This reports explains that in most cases a written waiver is sufficient for employees to have union dues or agency fees deducted from their paychecks. The employee must be made aware of his or her right not to pay, and must not feel coerced or pressured to sign the waiver.