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Tax-the-Rich Measures Pass in Massachusetts, Fail in California

  • Massachusetts to impose 4% surtax on income above $1 million
  • Lyft-backed measure opposed by Newsom is easily defeated
The measure would raise money for electric vehicles and wildfire prevention.

The measure would raise money for electric vehicles and wildfire prevention.

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Voters in Massachusetts approved a measure to raise taxes on millionaires after a hard-fought battle that pitted unions against wealthy opponents, while Californians rejected a proposition that targeted the state’s highest earners to pay for climate initiatives. 

The Fair Share Amendment in Massachusetts, known colloquially as the millionaires’ tax, would amend the state constitution to allow for a 4% surtax on annual income over $1 million, lifting the rate from the current flat 5%. About 52% of voters approved the measure, according to the Associated Press.