Lists and commentary about 2010 ballot measures

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See "5 Best" and "5 Worst" lists of 2010 ballot measures for 58 of 2010's most notable ballot measures.

Justin Elliott (Salon)

Justin Elliott, a columnist at Salon, published a list of "The five most alarming right-wing ballot initiatives" on September 29.[1]

He chose:

Subject State Ballot measure Description
Abortion Colorado Amendment 62 Fertilized egg to be defined as a person
Affirmative action Arizona Proposition 107 Government entities banned from race/gender preferences
Environment California Proposition 23 Suspend AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act" until unemployment falls below 5.5%
Health care Oklahoma SQ 756 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Spending/taxes Missouri Proposition A Cities with earnings taxes would periodically have to put up for public vote

Josh Goodman ("Governing")

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Josh Goodman of Governing weighed in with "Four Ballot Measures the Political Establishment Hates" on September 24.[2]

He chose:

Subject State Ballot measure Description
Public finance Colorado Amendment 61 Forbid debt by loans in any form
Taxes Massachusetts Question 3 Roll 6.25% sales tax back to 3%
Property rights Florida Amendment 4 Voter approval required for all changes to land-use plans ("Hometown Democracy")
Education/spending Oklahoma SJR 101 Mandates level of spending State of Oklahoma must provide to public schools

Paul Jacob (Citizens in Charge)

Paul Jacob of Citizens in Charge published a list of "The 10 Measures to Watch" on September 26.[3]

He chose:

Subject State Ballot measure Description
Spending/taxes Washington I-1098 Tax gross income above $200,000/individuals, $400,000/couples, reduce property tax 4%
Spending/taxes California Proposition 26 2/3rds vote required to enact new taxes/fees
Health care Colorado Amendment 63 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Spending/taxes Massachusetts Question 3 Roll 6.25% sales tax back to 3%
Spending/taxes Washington I-1053 Re-instate requirement of a supermajority vote in state legislature to raise taxes
Campaign finance Florida Amendment 1 Repeal of public financing of statewide candidates who agree to spending limits
Alcohol Washington I-1100 Privatize state liquor stores
Marijuana California Proposition 19 Legalize marijuana
Environment California Proposition 23 Suspend AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act" until unemployment falls below 5.5%
Smoking South Dakota Referred Law 12 Statewide smoking ban including in bars, casinos

Dan Mitchell (CATO)

Dan Mitchell of the CATO Institute, who has been described as "a high priest of light tax, small state libertarianism", published a list on October 27 of "Nine Key Ballot Initiatives to Watch", saying, "While everyone is focused on whether Republicans will win control of the House and/or Senate, there are several issues that voters will directly decide that deserve close attention. Here are the nine initiatives that have caught my attention."[4]

Subject State Ballot measure Description
Spending/taxes Washington I-1098 Taxes gross income above $200,000 for individuals, $400,000 for couples, reduce property tax 4%
Eminent domain Nevada Question 4 Make it easier for gov't agencies to use eminent domain
Marijuana California Proposition 19 Legalize marijuana
Firearms Kansas Question 1 Constitutional right for citizens to bear arms in the state
Health care Arizona Proposition 106 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Pension reform San Francisco The "Adachi Initiative" Require city workers to contribute more to their pension and health insurance
Spending/taxes California Proposition 25 Simple majority, not 2/3rds vote, required for legislature to pass state budget
Spending/taxes Massachusetts Question 3 Roll 6.25% sales tax back to 3%
Labor/pensions Louisiana Amendment 6 Require 2/3 vote to enact changes to retirement provisions

Grover Norquist

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Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform gave Ballotpedia a list of "The 12 ballot initiatives for fiscal conservatives to watch" on October 12.[5]

Subject State Ballot measure Description
Spending/taxes Washington I-1098 Taxes gross income above $200,000 for individuals, $400,000 for couples, reduce property tax 4%
Spending/taxes California Proposition 26 2/3rds vote required to enact new taxes/fees
Health care Arizona Proposition 106 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Health care Colorado Amendment 63 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Health care Oklahoma SQ 756 Can't be forced to buy health insurance
Spending/taxes Massachusetts Question 3 Roll 6.25% sales tax back to 3%
Environment California Proposition 23 Suspend AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act" until unemployment falls below 5.5%
Labor Arizona Amendment A Union elections by secret ballot
Labor South Carolina Amendment 2 Union elections by secret ballot
Labor South Dakota Amendment K Union elections by secret ballot
Labor Utah Amendment A Union elections by secret ballot
Spending/taxes California Proposition 25 Simple majority, not 2/3rds vote, required for legislature to pass state budget

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