Will Massachusetts slash its sales tax? Should employers offer paid family leave? What about a $15 minimum wage?
Those are among the 21 potential ballot questions Massachusetts voters could decide next year. Attorney General Maura Healey certified 21 initiative petitions on Sept. 6, one of the first steps toward securing a spot on the ballot. Some petitioners filed multiple versions of proposals on the same topic.
Petitioners now must gather the signatures of at least 64,750 registered voters to clear the next hurdle. In 2016, just four petitions out of nearly three-dozen met all the requirements and deadlines to make it onto the ballot.
Here’s a closer look at the potential ballot questions the AG’s office certified for 2018.
Political disclosures and spending
· Presidential tax returns: Candidates running for president and vice president of the United States would be barred from appearing on the Massachusetts ballot without disclosing federal income tax returns from the previous six years under a proposal filed by Boston-based attorney Thomas Kiley. Last year, President Donald Trump became the first presidential nominee from a major party to fail to publicly release his tax returns.
· Corporate spending: A proposal from American Promise, a national non-profit organization devoted to reducing the influence of money in politics, would establish a Massachusetts commission to examine the impact of political spending and recommend potential amendments to the U.S. Constitution to limit corporate spending on political campaigns.
· Out-of-state funds: A proposal from Nahant resident Nicholas Bokron would…
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