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Ballot Questions: NO if I like it, Yes if I don't?

by Paul Saulnier
October 31, 2014

Confused by all the ads on TV about the questions on the November 4, 2014 ballot? As usual, some seem to be set up so that if you are in favor of the question, you vote NO; opposed vote YES.

From Ballotpedia ( http://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page )

Question 1, if approved by voters, the measure would repeal a 2013 law that automatically adjusts gas taxes according to inflation, allowing for automatic annual increases in the state's gas tax.

The law that this initiative seeks to repeal also put a minimum cap on gas taxes to prevent gas tax decreases in the case of deflation. The tax increase was part of a transportation funding package that was vetoed by Governor Deval Patrick (D) because he wanted an even greater tax increase. But Patrick's veto was overruled by a House vote of 123 to 33 and a Senate vote of 35 to 5. Vote YES to end the automatic tax hike; NO to keep the automatic tax hike.

 Question 2, if approved by voters, the measure would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law to require deposits on all containers of nonalcoholic drinks, except beverages derived from dairy, infant formula or medications.

The proposed law would increase the minimum handling fee that beverage distributors must pay dealers for each properly returned empty beverage container, which was 2¼ cents as of September 2013, to 3½ cents. Vote YES to expand the state’s beverage container deposit law to require deposits; Vote NO to make no change in the laws regarding beverage container deposits.

Question 3, if approved by voters, would repeal a 2011 law that allows resort casinos to operate within the state.

This proposed law would (1) prohibit the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from issuing any license for a casino or other gaming establishment with table games and slot machines, or any license for a gaming establishment with slot machines; (2) prohibit any such casino or slots gaming under any such licenses that the Commission might have issued before the proposed law took effect; and (3) prohibit wagering on the simulcasting of live greyhound races. VOTE YES to prohibit casinos, any gaming establishment with slot machines, and wagering on simulcast greyhound races; VOTE NO to make no change in the current laws regarding gaming.

Question 4, if approved by voters, would allow certain employees throughout the state to earn and use paid sick days.

Employees who work for employers having eleven or more employees could earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers could earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year.

An employee could use earned sick time if required to miss work in order (1) to care for a physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition affecting the employee or the employee’s child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse; (2) to attend routine medical appointments of the employee or the employee’s child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse; or (3) to address the effects of domestic violence on the employee or the employee’s dependent child. Employees would earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked. VOTE YES to entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions. VOTE NO to make no change in the laws regarding earned sick time.

For a complete explanation of the ballot questions, please to go Ballotpedia: http://ballotpedia.org/Massachusetts_2014_ballot_measures

 

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Comments (2)

thank you!

- elaine | 10/31/14 7:56 AM

Thank you Paul for translating the questions into simple terms

- Marty Lamb | 10/31/14 7:21 AM

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