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Election 2013: A Taxpayer’s Perspective
by John Hendrickson
In November voters across the nation participated in local elections.
Although this off-year election was relatively quiet — with the
exception of the Governor’s races in New Jersey and Virginia — it still
has an important impact on policy, especially fiscal policy. Colorado
had one of the more controversial ballot measures, Amendment 66, which:
would scrap the state’s flat rate income tax of 4.63 percent in favor of
two rates, 5 percent on income up to $75,000, and 5.9 percent on income
above that level. The $1 billion a year raised would go to schools and
Amendment 66 was funded by progressives and “was supported by $1 million
each from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Gates Foundation.”
The measure was also being supported by teachers unions, but the
taxpayers of Colorado saw the danger of this measure and defeated it 66
percent opposing to 34 percent in favor.
The voters of Colorado also supported a tax on legalized marijuana.
Proposition AA called for “a 15 percent excise tax and a ten percent
sales tax on marijuana,” and this measure passed soundly by 65 percent
to 35 percent opposing the tax.
New Jersey, which overwhelmingly reelected Governor Chris Christie as
Governor also passed a measure to increase their minimum wage to $8.25
per hour and place this in the state’s Constitution for inflation
The Wall Street Journal also noted that “voters in SeaTac
Washington, home of the Seattle airport, chose to raise their ‘living
wage’ to $15.”
The result for both New Jersey and SeaTac “will be to price low-wage
service jobs out of the market.”
 This will hurt workers who are already struggling
in an economy with high unemployment.
Other tax related ballot measures include:
Proposition 401 removes local spending cap: 62 percent in favor and 38
Florida. Hialeah voters
are deciding whether to eliminate pensions for elected officials: 80
percent in favor and 20 percent opposed.
Ohio. Plain City is
voting on whether to create a 0.25 percent local income tax: 49 percent
in favor and 51 percent opposed.
Ohio. Rocky River Issue
58 would increase the local income tax from 1.5 percent to 2 percent: 49
percent in favor and 51 percent opposed.
Several communities in California voted in favor of raising sales taxes.
Voters in Ralls County, Missouri voted in favor of a sales tax increase
while Taney County, Missouri rejected an effort to increase their sales
Other interesting ballot measures included anti-fracking initiatives in
some Colorado communities which would “ban fracking in this oil and gas
shale rich state.”
Probably the most interesting ballot measure was in a few Colorado
counties who were considering seceding from their state and forming a 51st
State. The reason behind the secessionist move is rural-urban divide in
In total eleven counties in Colorado voted on “whether their
commissioners should proceed with plans to create a 51st
Six of the eleven counties rejected the plan, but the tension and
frustration of rural voters who feel unrepresented is still strong.
Patrick J. Buchanan, a columnist and former adviser to Presidents
Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan, wrote that many “Red State Americans
are moving away from Blue State America, seeking kindred souls to live
among. Those who love where they live but not those who rule them are
seeking to secede.”
Buchanan noted that the counties wanting to secede and form a new state
overwhelmingly supported Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential
In addition these rural citizens of Colorado are upset with “a new gun
law that triggered a voter recall of two Democrat state Senators, state
restrictions on oil exploration, and the Colorado Legislature’s
party-line vote in support of gay marriage.”
Stephen Moore, an opinion contributor to The Wall Street Journal,
wrote that voters in “Cincinnati, Ohio, Hialeah, Florida, and San
Francisco, California will decide on reining in local government
“This could be a gauge as to whether voters are receptive to addressing
the estimated $1 trillion-plus in municipal and state pension
liabilities, noted Moore.”
In reviewing the ballot and initiative results from the November 2013
election The Wall Street Journal wrote that the “results for
freedom were mixed, but it’s clear that voters are in no mood to pay
higher taxes if the money will be spent without accountability.”
The election results also demonstrate a nation that is still deeply
divided over both economic policy and political philosophy.
John R. Hendrickson is a Research Analyst at Public Interest Institute.
The views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily
those of Public Interest Institute or Tax Education Foundation. They are
brought to you in the interest of a better-informed citizenry.
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