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Sleepy Election? No Way! Taxpayer Group’s Analysis of State & Local Ballot Measures Reveals Major Issues at Stake
For Immediate Release October 31, 2013
Pete Sepp, (703) 683-5700
(Alexandria, VA) - Today, the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) released its 2013 Ballot Guide: The Taxpayer’s Perspective. NTU’s guide covers statewide and local propositions, initiatives, referenda, proposals and constitutional amendments from 14 states that will impact taxpayers and fiscal policy.
Despite the lack of a Presidential race or regular round of Congressional elections this November, many voters will consider substantial issues affecting their pocketbooks: a billion-dollar income tax hike, measures to reform broken pension systems, minimum wage increases and more.
“State and local measures can have major implications not just for the citizens deciding them but for taxpayers nationwide,” said NTU State Affairs Manager Lee Schalk. “Whether it’s the massive Colorado Amendment 66 tax hike, significant debt increases in Maine, or an attempt to bolster the initiative and referendum process in Washington, our ballot guide analyzes the fiscal matters that could be trend-makers or trend-breakers for 2014.”
The guide covers all statewide as well as a selection of significant local measures pertaining to taxpayers – Here are the highlights:
Schalk concluded, “When it comes to taxes, spending, debt, and regulations affecting the economy, an ‘off-year’ election is not necessarily a sleepy election. Voters in many parts of the country will encounter some eye-opening that could impact their wallets for years to come.”
Each year, NTU compiles the most comprehensive guide available to state and local ballot measures affecting taxpayers across the nation. View the entire Taxpayer’s Perspective report and more at ntu.org/ballotguide.