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Eight measures on the November ballot will reduce, eliminate or limit some taxes: [[Arizona Proposition 100 (2008)|Arizona Proposition 100]], the [[Massachusetts State Income Tax Repeal Initiative (2008)|Massachusetts State Income Tax Repeal Initiative]], [[Florida Amendment 4 (2008)|Florida Amendment 4]], the [[North Dakota Income Tax Cut (2008)|North Dakota Income Tax Cut]], [[Oregon Ballot Measure 59 (2008)|Oregon Ballot Measure 59 (2008)]], the [[Maine Repeal Dirigo Tax Referendum (2008)|Maine Repeal the Dirigo Tax Referendum]], and [[Oklahoma State Question No. 735 (2008)|Oklahoma State Question No. 735]]. 
 
  
Four measures ([[Colorado Initiative 128 (2008)|Colorado Amendment 51]], [[Colorado Initiative 113 (2008)|Colorado Amendment 58]], the [[Georgia Forest Preservation Amendment (2008)|Georgia Forest Preservation Amendment]] and the [[Minnesota Sales Tax Increase (2008)|Minnesota Sales Tax Increase]]) provide for tax increases.  
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A number of others affect tax and spending policies. '''See Ballotpedia's [[2008 ballot measures#taxes|tax-and-spending list]].'''
 
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The '''seven generally acknowledged forms of [[direct democracy]]''' are the [[legislatively-referred constitutional amendment]], the [[legislatively-referred state statute]], the [[initiated state statute]] (direct or indirect), the [[initiated constitutional amendment]], the [[veto referendum]] (sometimes called the [[citizen referendum]] or the [[statute referendum]]), the [[statute affirmation]] (available only in Nevada), and statewide [[recall]].
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* Only seven states enable the six most common forms of direct democracy.  Those seven states are [[Arizona]], [[California]], [[Michigan]], [[Montana]], [[Nevada]] (which also has the statute affirmation), [[North Dakota]] and [[Oregon]].
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* [[Delaware]] is the only state whose citizens are not empowered to ratify or reject legislatively-referred constitutional amendments at the ballot box.
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