Ballot Question To Save Electoral College

Speaking of ballot questions, Colorado voters opposed to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact have succeeded in collecting enough signatures to put the question before voters next November. Proponents of putting the question before the voters submitted almost 229,000 voter signatures to the Secretary of State – well beyond the 124,000 required. The National Popular…

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Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop

Advocates in the state of Maine are proving that ol’ adage now that Question 1 has been rejected by the voters. Just days after the initiative to add a 3.8% surcharge to incomes over the Social Security limit ($128,400/year) was rejected by voters in the election last week, the Maine People’s Alliance shifted their focus…

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Minimum Wages Hike Passes on Both Ballots

As we’ve advised in the past, questions on raising the minimum wage were put to the voters in both Arkansas and Missouri this week and unfortunately, voters in both states agreed with advocates and approved the initiatives. In Arkansas, the current $8.50 minimum will increase to $9.25 in January 2019, then to $10 per hour…

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One Win, One Loss on Soda Taxes

Two other states sent questions to the voters about soda taxes and the voters gave one a yes and the other a no. Oregon voters rejected Measure 103 by an overwhelming margin of 57 – 43%. The proposal would have banned most new taxes on grocery items – especially soda and other sugary beverages. The…

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Voters Guard Against Other Taxes

Maine voters rejected applying another surcharge to certain individual incomes. By a lopsided margin of 63-37%, voters rejected the idea of authorizing an additional 3.8% surcharge on incomes over $128,400 per year. The revenues generated would have funded the provision of “free” in-home care for the state’s elderly and disabled residents, regardless of their need…

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Missouri Ballot Incentive

For those in the state of Missouri who may need a little extra incentive to get out and vote next Tuesday, there is a question on the ballot that brings the issue of minimum wage home to roost – should the state mandate a minimum wage of $12 per hour by the year 2022? If…

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Elsewhere On The Ballot

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…

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Machinations in Michigan Minimum Wage Chess Match

To summarize, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers was deadlocked (2-2) over whether to certify the validity of a ballot initiative to increase the state minimum wage to $12 by 2022, mandate paid sick leave on private employers and eliminate the tipped wage by 2024. The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered the Board of Canvassers…

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Missouri Voters Reject Right to Work

Private sector unions in Missouri were the big winners this past Tuesday as voters resoundingly opposed the state right to work law by a 67 – 33% margin. Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed right to work into law almost 18 months ago, but labor groups blocked enactment with a successful petition drive that placed…

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Hollywood Joins Missouri Right to Work Fight

The Hollywood elite (those who play make-believe for a living) continues to advise the rest of America what we need to be successful in our lowly everyday worlds. Last week, we advised how “Hanoi Jane” was in Washington DC to tell members of the DC Council that they should support and retain Initiative 77 (eliminating…

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