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 or income level! Maine is the oldest state in the nation with an average age of 44.6 years. In 2016, Maine voters approved a so-called millionaires tax of 3% on incomes in excess of $200,000 per year. Voters in Florida took on additional protections for themselves from future taxes by adopting a supermajority requirement to the state constitution. The initiative, passed with a 66% plurality, requires a 2/3 majority in both legislative branches in order for any new state taxes to be added or existing ones increased. Fourteen other states currently have a supermajority requirement. North Carolina voters expressed a similar sentiment but took a different approach to limiting future taxes. The Tar Heel State has a semi-unique approach in that its state constitution actually places a cap on the income tax rate (Georgia is the only other state to do so) the state can assess. Voters approved a measure on the ballot to lower that cap from the current 10% to 7%, still above the current flat tax rate of 5.5%. In the past, the tax rate in North Carolina has been as high as 8.5%! North Carolina adopted a flat tax in 2014. And out west, by a 2 to 1 margin, voters in Arizona passed Proposition 126, prohibiting any new tax on a service and any future increases on an existing service tax. In hindsight, the notion of prohibiting future tax increases by ballot initiative was well timed for the 2018 election cycle in many states!