LEAGUE POSITIONS ON BALLOT QUESTIONS
NOVEMBER 4, 2014 ELECTION
There will be four statewide ballot questions in the November 4 election. Here is a summary of the questions and the League’s position on them:
Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing. This question would repeal a law passed in 2013 and eliminate the requirement that the state’s gasoline tax be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index. LWVMA opposes this question and urges a NO vote. We believe indexing the gasoline tax to the CPI provides funding needed to maintain and improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Question 2: Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law. This question would update the state’s current deposit law, the Bottle Bill, to include most non-carbonated beverages. It would also require that unclaimed bottle deposits be dedicated to recycling efforts. LWVMA supports this question and urges a YES vote. We believe an expansion of the Bottle Bill will greatly increase the rate of recycling, reduce litter and save cities and towns money on cleanup costs.
Question 3: Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming. This question would prohibit casinos, any gaming establishment with slot machines, and wagering on simulcast greyhound races, even if licenses have already been granted. LWVMA supports this question and urges a YES vote. We have long opposed casinos and other gambling in Massachusetts, arguing the costs in services needed and social impact outweigh projected gains in tax revenue and employment.
Question 4: Earned Sick Time for Employees. This question would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions. The League has no state or national positions that enable LWVMA take a stand on this question and so we neither support nor oppose this question.