Four ballot questions will be on the statewide ballot November 4. The Massachusetts League of Women Voters has positions on three of the four.
Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax lndexing. This would repeal the 2013 statute requiring that the state's gasoline tax be adjusted annually based on the consumer price lndex. LWVMA 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 would update the state's current deposit law to include most bottles for non-carbonated beverages and make other changes. LWVMA urges a YES vote. We believe an expansion of the Bottle Bill will greatly increase the rate of recycling, reduce litter and save cities and towns money on cleanup costs.
Question 3: Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming. This would prohibit casinos, any gaming establishment with slot machines, and wagering on simulcast greyhound races, even if licenses have atready been granted. LWVMA urges a YES vote. We have long opposed casinos and other gambling in Massachusetts, arguing the costs in services needed and social impact outweigh projected gains in tax revenue and employment.
Question 4: Earned Sick Time for Employees. This would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions. The League has no state or narional positions that would enable LWVMA take a stand on rhis question.
Detailed information about these questions and the League's positions can be found here.