Archives for September 2014

LWV Voters’ Guide Includes All State Office Candidates

All 21 candidates for statewide offices on the November ballot have answered questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.

Their responses are presented in a Voters’ Guide to Statewide Offices now available on the League’s website,

The five candidates for governor answered questions on economic development, education, transportation, climate change and health care.  Candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor answered questions specific to those offices.

Voters can use the guide to read each candidate’s responses to all the questions or to read all the candidates’ responses to a particular question.

“We hope voters across the Commonwealth will use this voters’ guide to help make informed choices as they go to the polls on Nov. 4,” said Anne Borg, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.  “We are pleased to be able to provide this information and thank all the candidates for their willingness to participate in the guide.”

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election is Wednesday, Oct. 15.   See our Voting Information 2014 guide for information on registering, absentee ballots, and polling place locations.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

LWVMA Positions on Ballot Questions

Four ballot questions will be on the statewide ballot Nov. 4. The League of Women Voters urges voters to vote NO on Question 1 and YES on Questions 2 and 3.  Our decisions on these questions are based on policy positions taken after study of issues at the state and national levels and consensus by League members.

Here are the questions, in the order they will appear on the ballot, and our positions.

Question 1: Eliminating gas tax indexing.  This question would repeal a law passed in 2013 and eliminate the requirement that the state’s gasoline tax be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index. The League urges a NO vote. We believe indexing the gasoline tax to the CPI provides funding needed to maintain and improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Question 2: Expanding the beverage container deposit law. This question would update the state’s current deposit law, the Bottle Bill, to include non-carbonated beverages and require that unclaimed deposits go to a fund dedicated to recycling and environmental efforts.  The League urges a YES vote. We believe an expansion of the Bottle Bill will increase recycling, reduce litter, and save cities and towns money in cleanup costs.

Question 3: Expanding prohibitions on gaming. This question would prohibit casinos and gaming establishments with slot machines, even if licenses have already been granted. The League urges a YES vote. We have long opposed casinos in Massachusetts, arguing the costs in services and social impact outweigh projected gains in tax revenue and employment.

Question 4: Earned sick time for employees. This question would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions. The League has not studied this issue and has not taken a position on this question.

The full text of the questions and pro and con arguments are on the Secretary of State’s website,, and in the red booklet each household will receive in the mail before the election.

Remember to vote on November 4, and don’t forget to make your voice heard on these four statewide ballot questions.


October 6 Deadline for Local League Grants

The next application deadline for the Daniel Scharfman Citizen Education Grant Program is Monday, October 6. The grant program offers funds to help Leagues carry out events and projects in the areas of citizen education and voter service.

Several changes were made to the program this year, included a higher amount $500 for multi-League collaborations (3 or more Leagues).

Click here for guidelines, application, and summaries of the approved grants.

To submit a grant or for questions email

Generous contributions to the Lotte E. Scharfman Citizen Education Fund have made this successful grant program possible.  Click here to donate.

LWVMA and Coalition Partners Release Campaign Ad

Posted September 25, 2014

The Coalition for an Updated Bottle Bill has released its Vote Yes on 2 television ad. Watch the video here.