So other than the president, and congressional races, election time means ballot initiatives and proposals. Something I am not sure how I feel about is the targeted Youtube and Hulu ads I get based on my IP and registration info for these proposals.
What is going on in that great land on your ballots this week?
Unions and collective bargaining initiatives seem to be in vogue in many states.
My state has some interesting ones.
A ballot initiative to change the present Emergency Financial Manager laws, that are very contentious but have shown promising results.
We have 5 proposed amendments to the state constitution- Prop 2 is about giving unions more power to organize, bargain, Prop 3 is about establishing standards and goals in state for renewable and greener energies, Prop 4 would create a new union for home care workers and a new review board for them (in essence making then a state professionally accredited group), Prop 5 would force the state legislators to have a 2/3 majority for increasing taxes or imposing new taxes, Prop 6 would amend the constitution to require voter approval in the state and in the municipalities where international bridges, tunnels would be located prior to their opening.
Prop 6 above all has my irish up. Much of the funding is federal and Canadian, it is creating jobs and will create permanent jobs. The current bridge system to Canada is crumbling. The current bridge is privately owned, and very poorly maintained. Having an additional bridge would ease cross border traffic (waits can be hours long). But opponents are characterizing it as taking money from state general funds that might otherwise go to teachers and police budgets. That is a lie at worse, or a gross misrepresentation of tax allocation at best.