Secretary William F. Galvin whose office is able to monitor the number of locally certified ballot signatures through a central data system has announced that both the automatic gas tax and the (special interest/corporate monopoly) casino/slots law have garnered enough signatures for the November 2014 ballot.
Beacon Hill is tone deaf. Leadership and many elected officials are disconnected from the sentiments of the average citizen in the Commonwealth. Ballot initiatives take a gargantuan effort that requires passion, time, funding, and organization – as well as a groundswell of collective opinion.
We want solutions, not more of the same. We want real reform – some see that as curtailing the reach and expense of government and others see reform through a progressive lens that improves efficiency, effectiveness and balances fiscal burdens across the income and wealth spectrum.
The Globe reported,
“Beacon Hill could face a backlash at the ballot box next year if voters approve referendums that would repeal the state’s casino law and eliminate automatic increases in the gas tax.
The ballot questions are among seven referendums that appear to have garnered enough signatures to qualify for the November 2014 ballot, according to Secretary of State William F. Galvin.
The casino and gas-tax questions would undo major initiatives passed by state lawmakers and signed by Governor Deval Patrick in recent years. They would also have serious implications for the state budget, which relies on tens of millions of dollars in gambling and gas revenue to pay for transportation and other needs. “It would force difficult choices to be made,” said Stephen M. Brewer, a Barre Democrat who is the state Senate’s budget chief. “We would be governed by what the vox populi says.”
Repealthecasinodeal.org has garnered momentum as more people have begun to realize the negative and costly impacts of the predatory gambling industry. Informed citizens are the power base and solution to what challenges our society – if and when we act.