The League is not taking a stand on three November ballot questions, including the Fair Share constitutional amendment question. That means local Leagues cannot advocate for or against them and League members can work on them as individuals but not with League identification. Click here for the Board decision and click here for information on holding an educational forum on ballot questions.
There is currently one definite statewide ballot question in November:
- The Massachusetts Income Tax for Education and Transportation Amendment, often called the Fair Share Amendment, to create an additional 4% tax on the portion of income above $1 million and earmark that income tax revenue for public schools, colleges, and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.
There are two additional ballot questions in the certification process.
- A law that would raise the number of licenses a single alcohol retailer can own.
- A law that would set a medical loss ratio of 83% for dental insurance plans beginning on January 1, 2024. That would require dental insurers to spend at least 83% of their revenues on dental expenses and not administrative costs.
A fourth question, to regulate contracts between drivers and app-based companies, was rejected by the Supreme Judicial Court and will not be on the ballot.
The Republican party is currently collecting signatures to put an additional question on the ballot to repeal the recently-passed law allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. Deadline for that signature-gathering is August 24. If that effort receives enough signatures, the LWVMA board will decide the League’s position on that question.