“The proposed constitutional amendment is needed to help funnel additional dollars into public education, public colleges and universities, and the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation, supporters said.

The proposal is being pushed by Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of labor unions, community organizations, and religious groups.

Massachusetts’ communities of color in particular are being harmed by inequitable access to transportation and higher education, Pablo Ruiz, deputy director of the SEIU State Council, said during a press conference Wednesday. ‘Before the pandemic the Massachusetts economy was working great for a few at the top but that prosperity wasn’t reaching most of our people,’ he said. “A few multimillionaires are hoarding their wealth.'”