New Jersey Wage Assessment, Question 1 is overwhelmingly approved

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November 2, 2010

By Bailey Ludlam

TRENTON, New Jersey: The sole ballot measure on the New Jersey November 2 general election was overwhelmingly approved by voters with an estimated 81%, according to unofficial results at 8:30 pm CT.[1] The measure, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, amends the New Jersey Constitution to state that any assessments on wages by the state be dedicated to the payment of employee benefits. This does not apply to gross income tax, according to the proposal.

The question read:

"Shall the amendment to Article VIII, Section II of the State Constitution, agreed to by the Legislature, which: prohibits collection by the State of assessments based solely on employee wages and salaries for any purpose other than providing employee benefits; dedicates all employer and employee contributions collected for any employee benefit fund, and all returns on investments of those contributions, to the purpose of that fund; and prohibits any transferring, borrowing, appropriating or using of those contributions or returns for any other purpose, be approved?"

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