The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.


Issues on the November ballot

Waldo Village Soup - Seven statewide articles will be on the Nov. 3 . . .

The first question on the state ballot asks, "Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?". . .

The second question is also from a citizen-initiated petition. The questions asks, "Do you want to cut the rate of the municipal excise tax by an average of 55 percent on motor vehicles less than six years old and exempt hybrid and other alternative-energy and highly fuel-efficient motor vehicles from sales tax and three years of excise tax?"

The third question is also on the ballot because of a citizen-initiated petition. The question asks, "Do you want to repeal the 2007 law on school district consolidation and restore the laws previously in effect?"

A fourth citizen-initiated question asks, "Do you want to change the existing formulas that limit state and local government spending and require voter approval by referendum for spending over those limits and for increases in state taxes?" This is the second time in three years that voters have acted on a spending cap for state, county, school and municipal governments. A Taxpayers Bill of Rights, also known as TABOR, was rejected by Maine voters in November 2006. . . .

And the fifth question also originated from a petition drive. The question asks, "Do you want to change the medical marijuana laws to allow treatment of more medical conditions and to create a regulated system of distribution?" Voters approved a medical marijuana referendum in November 1999.

The sixth ballot question is a proposal sent to voters by the Legislature asking citizens to authorize the state to borrow money. The question asks, "Do you favor a $71,250,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, airports, public transit facilities, ferry and port facilities, including port and harbor structures, as well as funds for the LifeFlight Foundation that will make the state eligible for over $148,000,000 in federal and other matching funds?"

And the seventh and final article on the ballot asks, "Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to increase the amount of time that local officials have to certify the signatures on direct initiative petitions?"


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