#FaithAndBallot: the Massachusetts 2014 Ballot Questions

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Published on October 23, 2014

Author: RevEverett

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Learn about the four questions on the November 4th, 2014 ballot in Massachusetts. See what each question proposes, as well as both sides of the discussion-on gas tax, recycling, casinos, and sick time for employees. Slides used by the Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition at a series of forums across Massachusetts in October 2014.

1. #FaithAndBallot { Thinking Theologically about the 4 Ballot Questions

2.  City Mission Society  Episcopal City Mission Massachusetts Council of Churches Massachusetts Interfaith Worker Justice Unitarian Universalist Massachusetts Action Network Ecumenical Advocacy Coalition #FaithAndBallot

3. Then Jesus said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" #FaithAndBallot

4. #FaithAndBallot

5. If passed, who might benefit from this law? If passed, who might be left vulnerable by this law? { #FaithAndBallot “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40

6. Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing a YES vote would:  REPEAL the 2013 law that increased the tax of MA gas by $0.03  REPEAL the 2013 law that indexed future gas taxes to the rise and fall of the Consumer Price Index #FaithAndBallot

7. Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing a NO vote would:  KEEP the 2013 law that increased the tax of MA gas by $0.03  KEEP the 2013 law that indexed future gas taxes to the rise and fall of the Consumer Price Index #FaithAndBallot

8. Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing Who might benefit from a YES vote?  People and corporations that purchase gas would pay less at the pump. #FaithAndBallot

9. Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing Who might be left vulnerable by YES vote?  Citizens and visitors who travel on Massachusetts roads and bridges Massachusett's 5,136 Bridges 47 53 Safe Structurally Deficient or Functionally #FaithAndBallot Obsolete Gas Tax: 1991: $0.21 2013: $0.24 Consumer Price Index 1991: $1.36 2013: $2.33

10. Question 2: Expanding the Bottle Bill a YES vote would:  ADD all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated bottles to $0.05 deposit (except milk& formula)  INDEX future deposit to Consumer Price Index  CREATE Clean Environment Fund #FaithAndBallot

11. Question 2: Expanding the Bottle Bill a NO vote would:  NO CHANGE to law as is (just beer & soda with nickel deposit) #FaithAndBallot

12. Question 2: Expanding the Bottle Bill Who might benefit from a YES vote ?  Environment  People concerned by litter  City gov’s who pay to clean up litter  People who collect bottles for redemption #FaithAndBallot 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 % Recycled 80 23 % Recycled

13. Question 2: Expanding the Bottle Bill Who might be left vulnerable by a YES vote ?  People who purchase bottled water, juice, sports drinks  Beverage corporations & potentially employees #FaithAndBallot

14. Question 3: Repeal the Casino Deal a YES vote would:  REPEAL the 2013 law legalizing casinos  PROHIBIT state from issuing casino licenses  BAN betting on simulcast greyhound racing #FaithAndBallot

15. Question 3: Repeal the Casino Deal a NO vote would:  NO CHANGE to law as is ( 2013 law made slot machines legal & up to 3 casinos + slot parlor). #FaithAndBallot

16. Question 3: Repeal the Casino Deal Who would benefit from a YES vote?  Small business owners  Towns adjacent to casinos  Homeowners  Gambling addicts & people who might become addicted #FaithAndBallot 5.5 7.9 6.6 6.7 7.7 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Unemployment Rate Unemployment Rate

17. Question 3: Repeal the Casino Deal Who might be left vulnerable by a YES vote?  Casino companies  Construction workers for temp jobs  Potential casino employees  Springfield, Plainville, Everett town budgets #FaithAndBallot

18. Question 4: Paid Sick Leave a YES vote would:  ALLOW employees at businesses with LESS than 11 employees to earn up to 40 hrs unpaid sick time per calendar year  ALLOW employees at businesses with MORE than 11 employees to earn up to 40 hrs paid sick time per calendar year #FaithAndBallot

19. Question 4: Paid Sick Leave a NO vote would:  NO CHANGE to law as is ( NO guaranteed paid or unpaid sick leave) #FaithAndBallot

20. Question 4: Paid Sick Leave Who might benefit from a YES vote ?  Employees  Sick children or family members of employees  Co-workers of sick employees  Customers of sick employees #FaithAndBallot 1 in 3 workers in Massachusetts do not have access to earned paid sick time. More than 50% of low wage workers and service industry workers do not have access to a single earned paid sick day.

21. Question 4: Paid Sick Leave Who might be left vulnerable by a YES vote?  Business owners forced to comply with new regulations #FaithAndBallot All employers are not the same, and one size does not fit all. Small businesses here already struggle to pay for high health insurance premiums, AND an increased minimum wage.

22. Questions? #FaithAndBallot { Thinking Theologically about the 4 Ballot Questions

23. Discussion Round 1 Think of an example from your faith tradition or from personal experience that would influence your vote on any of these questions?

24. Discussion Round 2 Are the people on the different sides of this debate equally vulnerable?

25. Discussion Round 3 Think about a question you have already made up your mind about. What kind of information would make you change your vote?

26. Get out to VOTE on November 4th! #FaithandBallot

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