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Taxpayer Success at the Ballot Box

Posted by Kristina Rasmussen - November 08, 2006

Out of the 92 state ballot measures reviewed in our 2006 General Election Guide, 79 were non-bond related questions.

Here’s how those measures fared (based on yet-to-be-certified results):

Total# Approved# Rejected
Measures that would lower taxes/limit government463115
Measures that would raise taxes/expand government332112

Among important taxpayer wins:

Alaska: Rejection of a new tax on natural resources

Arizona: Passage of the Taxpayer Protection Act

California: Rejection of higher cigarette taxes, new energy taxes, a $50 property tax increase, and a publicly-funded campaign finance system

Idaho: rejection of a 1-cent sales tax increase

Louisiana: approval of stopping municipalities from taxing cars on a value basis

Michigan: rejection of a minimum funding level for education

Missouri: rejection of an 80 cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase, and approval of stripping felon lawmakers of their pensions

South Carolina: approval of a restriction on property taxes

Finally, approval of eminent domain reforms in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, and South Carolina.

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Paul VanWagoner said on Nov 09 2006 at 6:01am
Just FYI Michigan rejected the School funding for this reason . . . Detroit Schools gets somewhere around 1300.00 more per student then everyone else in the state. The School funding would boost funding per pupil, however not on a level playing They wanted to boost from the current levels . . . This means that according to our state gov. my child in the UP is not worth as much as someone elses child in Detroit???? That makes NO SENSE TO ME I doubt it does to any one else that is not in Detroit. That is one of the many reasons we voted "NO". . . And now you know!!!