The MA ballot amuses me quite a bit this year, so I thought I'd share what we had on it. I've been thinking about it quite a bit, but I didn't really want to post a discussion on it until after I voted, for personal reasons.Question 1
Apparently other states have been hearing a lot about MA Question 1
. While (I hear) many other states have placed their income tax up on the chopping block, the MA vote is important and getting a lot of attention because of the health care plan we enacted not long ago (There's an NPR article announcing it here
if people want a jumping-off point for research - or a summary.) that requires every single citizen to have health care. This plan is supported by a massive state initiative to provide state-subsidized (or completely state-paid) health care for those who cannot afford it. And those people aren't getting just any health care plan, or the cheapest - the state has required standards of coverage.
So the state has taken on the massive burden of providing our low-income families with affordable health care (and our plan should sound familiar to those who have educated themselves about Obama's national plan; it's a whole lot like ours, enough that I wouldn't be surprised if he used MA as a model) and now are looking at losing billions annually.
I attend a state university, and benefit from services there (and financial aid) funded by the state. I voted no on this one.Question 2MA Question 2
was, essentially, on jailing potheads. It would remove criminal penalties from possession of less than an ounce of Miss Mary Jane and essentially make it like a speeding ticket. (Actually, I think speeding tickets might actually be heftier punishment, given MA insurance rates ... but that's neither here nor there.)
Blah blah blah, drug debate, I don't really want potheads filling up our jails and taking up taxpayer money, especially if Question 1 passes. I voted yes on this one.Question 3MA Question 3
is essentially outlawing dog racing. We have a couple good-size dog tracks in the state who employ quite a few people (in the thousands). My background on this is that my family adopts post-race greyhounds on a regular basis. I'm well familiar with the aftermath of this sport. On the other hand, I'm also familiar with the aftermath of being laid off, and I think enough people are experiencing that right now.
I went speciocentric on this one and voted no.
Did anyone else have any interesting questions on their ballots?