Two measures fail, one passes in Massachusetts

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November 3, 2010

BOSTON, Massachusetts: Three initiatives made the ballot in the state of Massachusetts this year, but only one was approved by voters this general election, according to results given by reports in the state.[1]

Question 1 was approved by voters, with approximately 52 percent voting 'yes' on the measure. The question will eliminate the 6.25 sales tax on alcohol in the state.

Questions 2 and 3 were voted down at the polls, with Question 2 losing by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent, and Question 3 losing by a vote of 57 percent to 43 percent. Question 2 would have repealed a state law, Chapter 40B, that allows an organization that is proposing to build government-subsidized housing that includes “low- or moderate-income units to apply for a single comprehensive permit from a city or town’s zoning board of appeals.” Question 3 would have rolled back the sales tax in the state from 6.25 percent to 3 percent.

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