Massachusetts Health Cost Relief Referendum (2012)

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The Massachusetts Health Cost Relief Referendum did not make the 2012 ballot in the state of Massachusetts as an indirect initiated state statute. The measure would have allowed local governments in the state to structure health care benefits for their employees. The plan was proposed by over 20 mayors and municipal officials in the state, which also included Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

According to Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Joseph Curtatone at the time, "We want nothing more to work with the Legislature, the governor, and every stakeholder to resolve this issue, but the status quo is not an option, doing nothing is not an option, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars is not an option."[1]

Path to the ballot

Backers needed to collect 68,911 signatures by the December 7, 2011 petition drive deadline. The measure did not submit signatures by that deadline.

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