The Governor’s proposal includes an end to the sales tax exemption on candy and soda, a $1.00 increase in cigarette taxes, and an equalization of tax rates on smokeless tobacco products and small cigars (so called “other tobacco products”).
MPHA enthusiastically supports the Governor’s proposal to raise additional revenue that will support the Commonwealth’s infrastructure to prevent, monitor, and respond to disease and injuries. We call on the Legislature to support the Governor’s proposals.
Read MPHA’s full summary of the Governor’s budget proposal here.
THE BOSTON GLOBE
JANUARY 26, 2013
Key public health needs would get a boost
By Toby Fisher/MPHA Executive Director
We applaud the governor for proposing an increase in staffing levels for essential public health services in his budget (“Patrick would bolster pharmacy oversight,” Metro, Jan. 24). Public health provides protections that we seldom pause to think about — things like inspections of health care facilities and pharmacies, food safety assurance, and prompt response to infectious disease to avoid outbreaks. This type of infrastructure is not sexy, and it is not free, but we all rely on it every day.
This year MPHA is reaching out to you– our members, partners and supporters– to nominate your own public health hero for an MPHA award. Take a minute to review the award categories below and submit your nomination by February 1, 2013.
Speak Up In Support of New Revenues Today
MPHA has put transportation policy at the top of our agenda this year because of the profound impacts our transportation system has on health outcomes and health equity. We believe this is the year to make the kinds of investments necessary to sustain healthy communities and to reduce the disproportionate burdens of our current system borne by communities of color and low income communities.
Welcome to the MPHA’s new blog, where we will share news, updates, and opportunities for action!