With just over 10 days until the critical 2020 midterm elections on November 6, this is a good time to underscore the importance of small business men and women exercising their civic duty to vote – and protect your business interests. Aside from the Senatorial and Congressional battles around the country, there are a number of other ballot initiatives in a few states that may be of interest to you. Both Oregon and Washington State will ask voters to ban new taxes on groceries – a seemingly thinly veiled question about soda taxes. Oregon’s Measure 103 is stringent and would apply retroactively to new taxes enacted after October 1, 2017. If it passes, the law would void the soda tax passed last year in Multnomah County and prohibit the state from enacting any new grocery taxes. (Oregon is also putting before the voters Measure 105 which would repeal the existing state sanctuary law restricting local cooperation with federal authorities enforcing federal immigration laws.) Washington State Initiative-1634 would ban local grocery taxes prospectively, but would leave Seattle’s 1.75 cents per ounce soda tax in place. The voters of Maine will be asked by Question 1 whether to create a new tax of 3.8% on incomes above $128,400 in 2018 to provide home-based assistance to seniors & those with disabilities regardless of their need or income! The tax income threshold would be tied annually to the amount subject to Social Security taxes. North Carolina voters will have the chance to lower the state income tax rate cap from 10% to 7%. The current flat income tax rate is just under 5.5%, but has been as high as 8.25 percent. Georgia is the only other state that caps (6%) the tax rate. Florida voters will be asked to approve a supermajority requirement that would make it even harder for the Sunshine State to raise taxes. And of course, we must have something from California – the Golden State is asking voters to ban the sale of meat and eggs from animals confined to areas not meeting minimum space requirements! So, if the henhouse isn’t big enough to satisfy the state, then that egg can’t be sold in California, regardless of where it may have come from! Familiarize yourself with your state issues and vote November 6!