When do we take a position on something – a law, a rule, a decision? Why do we take a position? I believe both have the same answer – because the “thing” impacts us.
There are many of us who are active and passionate, involved in community outreach, political activism, and volunteerism for a number of various organization, because we like being involved. But others, like me, tend not to put ourselves out there a great deal. I hate to admit this, but I don’t always see the bigger picture, particularly about the political arena, like I should.
But I want to tell you why, and how you can take a position on the MAR Charitable Foundation Welcome Home License Plate. They’ve been working on this initiative for some time, but now a Bill has been filed in the legislation to lower the number of required applications for specialty license plates and the MAR Foundation is in support of the legislation.
The current number of required applications to collect before production of the plate is 1,500, a very challenging number for charities. The Bill would lower the number from 1,500 to 500 and help countless charities in Massachusetts who also have developed a license plate initiative for their charities. This program is a great way to help charities raise money, because much of the application fee for the plate goes directly to the charity. I believe in this fundraiser; the MAR Charitable Foundation has a beautiful looking plate design, and reaching the 500 plate applications will help push the Bill through the approval process. As a staff liaison to the Foundation I receive the heartfelt letters from the charities we are able to donate funds to. This is a feel-good initiative and I hope you will jump on board. More information is included on page 20 in this issue and found on marcharitable.org.
I believe you’ll see the impact of the license plate just as REALTORS® see the impact of the industry Bills detailed on page 6 in review for Day on Beacon Hill scheduled for June 5. Your President talks more about your participation in this annual event on page 19 and helps you understand how easy and important it is to participate in the event. Your business depends on your support of property rights which are threatened through zoning, taxes, and mortgage regulations.
As I’m learning more about being impassioned about legislation and its impact on me, I encourage you to read more about Day on Beacon Hill and take a moment to learn more about the License Plate Initiative. We are asking you to take a position on both because both directly impact you. I think it’s time.