Over the past few weeks, we’ve focused on various ballot initiatives around the country by subject matter – minimum wages last week, right to work laws the week prior, etc. Without getting too far into the weeds, that leaves us a couple to call to your attention. In Massachusetts, there’s a Millionaire’s tax on the ballot as Question 1, the so-called Fair Share Amendment. It is structured as an amendment to the state constitution, which currently requires a flat income tax equally applied. Should Question 1 pass, it would provide for an additional 4% surcharge on every $1 of income earned above $1 million in any tax year and it will apply to LLCs, partnerships, sole proprietors and sub-chapter S corporations. In California, there is a critical initiative put on the ballot by the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the International Franchise Association (IFA) and other business groups. That initiative seeks to place the FAST Act, passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom last month, before the voters for their rejection. Should the initiative win enough votes on November 8, then the question of validating the FAST Act would go on the 2024 ballot and the initiative would be delayed until that decision is reached by the voters! It is a challenging campaign, but one where the stakes are high enough to warrant the extreme effort. And finally, voters in Kansas will be asked to empower the legislature to revoke or suspend regulations adopted by state agencies, the effect of which may be to shift the power over state agencies from the executive to the legislative branch. The end result could be putting state agencies in legal limbo regarding their ability to carry out statutory responsibilities. Certain COVID regulations adopted by a number of state agencies under the control of democrat Governor Laura Kelly seem to be at the center of the effort to limit her powers.