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Fiscal-Issue Ballot Measures Often – But Not Always – Followed National Election Trends, Study Finds
For Immediate Release November 10, 2010
(Alexandria, VA) – The votes have been counted and results interpreted for most of last week’s Congressional contests, but what did the November 2 elections mean for state and local ballot measures affecting fiscal policy? A detailed analysis from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) released today has some answers.
“While much attention has focused on a ‘national wave’ that swept dozens of fiscal conservatives into Congress, that wave could also be seen in varying degrees at the state and local level,” said Joseph E. Moser, a Policy Analyst with NTU’s research arm. Findings include:
“Ballot measure contests in other years may have recorded bigger waves of victories for taxpayer activists,” Moser concluded. “Still, 2010 represented a palpable change in fiscal tide, one that empowered tens of millions of Americans to decide for themselves just what government should (and shouldn’t) do.”
The 362,000-member NTU is a nonpartisan, nonprofit citizen group founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government, and economic freedom. Note: NTU Issue Brief 181, Election 2010 Results: How Taxpayers Fared at the Ballot Box, is available at www.ntu.org.