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By Chris Lisinski

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 11, 2019.....The last time activists pushed for a surtax on income above $1 million, it was more or less expected that the proposal would face a legal challenge. But now, less than a year after the Supreme Judicial Court invalidated a citizen's petition seeking a constitutional amendment to add the 4 percent surtax, proponents are confident that they can avoid the same obstacle.

Supporters of a proposed Constitutional amendment to levy a surtax on incomes more than $1 million in Massachusetts, including Democrat Sen. Jason Lewis of Winchester, led off a Revenue Committee hearing Thursday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

The crucial difference, they explained in testimony at a Joint Committee on Revenue hearing Thursday, is that the change is now being sought directly by legislators.

Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Jim O'Day have filed proposed amendments (H 86 | S 16) that would add a 4 percent surtax on every dollar of personal income above $1 million.

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