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Bumper Crop of Ballot Measures Could Signal Major Fiscal Policy Shifts at All Levels, Report Finds
For Immediate Release October 6, 2010
Pete Sepp, (703) 683-5700
(Alexandria, VA) – Like most elections, voters face many important decisions next month, but a large number of state and local ballot measures this year could have an especially profound impact on tax, spending, and other fiscal policies. Because these vital contests are often drowned out by the din of candidates on the campaign trail, the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has published the 2010 General Election Ballot Guide: The Taxpayer’s Perspective, which analyzes hundreds of ballot questions in over 30 states.
“Sometimes the most important entries on ballots aren’t the names of men and women, but the names and numbers of measures,” NTU State Government Affairs Manager and ballot measure project leader John Stephenson said. “The 2010 General Election Ballot Guide: The Taxpayer’s Perspective not only informs citizens about issues that could affect their states and communities for many years to come, it also identifies trends that help to identify the national mood on fiscal policy. Those trends will live on long after the parties tally their wins and losses.”
NTU’s Taxpayer’s Perspective is not just a guide to initiatives on the state and local ballots across the country; additionally, it provides evaluations of how these initiatives may harm local economies, grow the size of government, or pinch families’ pocketbooks even further. However, voters will also be presented with opportunities to exercise a greater degree of control over government tax, spending, and regulatory powers. Examples include:
The NTU report also digs deeply into local ballot measure contests, where – besides commonly proposed bond issues and property tax increases – several emerging themes were identified. These include term limits for local officeholders, tax hikes on telecommunications and tourism, and reforms to government worker compensation systems.
NTU is a non-profit, non-partisan citizen group founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government, and economic freedom. Note: 2010 General Election Ballot Guide: The Taxpayer's Prospective is available online at www.ntu.org; a follow-on analysis of ballot measure election results will be published after November 2.