Ballot Question Endorsements

In September, we made endorsements on three of the four ballot questions that Massachusetts voters will vote on on Tuesday. After additional discussion at our October meeting, we voted to endorse Yes on Question 3.

We encourage our community to join us in voting as follows on the ballot questions:

  • NO on 1: Question 1 would eliminate the automatic indexing of the state's gasoline tax. More than 20 of our bridges have already been closed because they are unsafe, and potholes and bad roads cost Massachusetts drivers billions of dollars in car repairs. Question 1 would make things even worse. We endorsed NO on 1 to ensure funding to maintain our road and bridges.
  • YES on 2: Question 2 would update our "Bottle Bill" to add bottles such as water and sports drinks to the redeemable deposit system. Many of us recycle at our homes, but these drinks are often consumed on the go when we don't have easy access to recycling bins. Currently 80% of redeemable bottles are recycled, but only 23% of other bottles are. Many of the non-redeemable bottles are littered in our streets and parks, and our cities and towns have to spend millions of dollars cleaning them up. We endorsed YES on 2 to increase recycling and reduce litter.‎
  • YES on 3: Question 3 would repeal the law allowing casinos in Massachusetts. We endorsed YES on 3 because evidence shows that casinos hurt local businesses and do not provide the economic benefits promised.‎
  • YES on 4: Question 4 would allow all employees to earn sick time. We endorsed YES on 4 so people don't have to worry about losing their job if they need a day to recover from illness or take care of a sick child.‎

In summary, vote NO on 1, and YES on the rest!

See the full text of the questions here. Contact us to volunteer for one of these campaigns.

Get Out The Vote Meeting & Debate Watch

At our last meeting before the election, we will hear from some members about their experiences volunteering for the Coakley-Kerrigan campaign, have sign-up sheets to volunteer for our get out the vote shifts, and then have snacks and watch the gubernatorial debate at 7pm. Guests who stay for the debate watch are asked to contribute $5 toward snacks.

The meeting is Tuesday, October 28 from 6pm to 8pm in the library of the Waterworks Condos, 2420 Beacon Street, about 1/4 mile west of Cleveland Circle and across from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.