From the GBTP October 6th Boston meeting – hear from representatives on all four ballot questions!
Steering Committee member Kat Hess led the efforts to invite representatives from both sides of all four of the ballot questions to come and “make their case”. We had positive “we’ll try to make it” responses from both sides on two of the questions; in the end though, we only had representatives from one side on each ballot question.
The sides we ended up hearing from represented: “Yes-No-Yes-No”. This mirrors what Howie Carr’s October 14th column suggesting a “Yes-No-Yes-No” vote: “It’s Simple: Yes. No. Yes. No.” Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has also announced (from its website Voter Education / Ballot Question link) its position on the ballot questions, essentially “Yes. No. __. No.” (they are not taking a position on Question 3).
I agree with Howie and Mass Fiscal. Three of the questions (1, 2, and 4) are clear expansions of government intruding into our lives, either needlessly taking money away from citizens and/or regulating how private companies and people go about their own business.
Those three questions are pretty clear to Tea Party people, so I go with: Yes. No. [you make up your mind] and No.
Why [you make up your mind] on Question 3? Because one of our primary goals is not to tell you how to vote, but to inform people and to have them make up their own minds. Again, on three of the questions, I think the appropriate votes are pretty clear to Tea Party minded people. On Question 3, I believe reasonable people can disagree, so I invite you to investigate for yourself.
Libertarians typically look more toward local control and would reject the idea of a state-wide law, while a numb er of conservatives, concerned with the potentially negative effects a casino may have on local communities, would like to restrict casinos.
We report (inform) to allow you to decide (presenting Mark Fisher from the group Repeal the Casino Deal and asking you to visit the web site against repeal - Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs). We truly wish we had representatives from both sides on all the questions – none more so than on Question 3, but that did not work out.
Edward Wagner, who assists in organizing the GBTP Boston meetings, took recordings of the event which are displayed below, with the appropriate ballot questions. Information on the questions, from Ballotpedia, is presented after the videos.
I introduced the event:
Question 1. Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation
For: Shawn Craig representing Tank The Gas Tax
Question 2. Expands the state’s beverage container recycling law to include all non-alcoholic containers
For: Representative from Yes On 2 (unconfirmed) – did not appear.
Against: Emilee Ellison and Brian Houghton (No on Question 2)
Question 3. Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos
For: Mark Fisher from Repeal the Casino Deal
Question 4. Entitles certain employees to earn and utilize paid sick days
Against: Bill Vernon from NFIB – National Federation of Independent Business
Here are the summaries from Ballotpedia:
|CISS||Question 1||Gas taxes||Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation|
|CISS||Question 2||Environment||Expands the state’s beverage container recycling law to include all non-alcoholic containers|
|CISS||Question 3||Gambling||Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos|
|CISS||Question 4||Labor||Entitles certain employees to earn and utilize paid sick days|