In Massachusetts, one of the blue-est of blue states, it may be the ultimate longshot, but the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) is undeterred and moving forward with a ballot initiative to lower the state sales tax. Currently pegged at 6.25 percent, the state sales tax would drop to 5% effective January 2018 if the initiative the association is backing were to pass in the November election. The initiative was one of three the group filed with the state – one they will not pursue would drop the sales tax to 4.5%. RAM is also backing an initiative that mandates an annual tax free weekend. On the other side of the coin, activists are working to put a $15 per hour minimum wage on the 2017 ballot and mandating paid medical and family leave. Raise Up Massachusetts is also backing a millionaire tax that is currently being challenged in the courts.