November is still months away…

But here are your state ballot referendums. There are some hot items to make this off year interesting.

Proposed Ballot Questions

An Act to Decrease the Automobile Excise Tax and Promote Energy
(Legislation HTML version; Legislation PDF version)

“Do you want to cut the rate of the excise tax on newer vehicles that owners pay to towns by about half and exempt some energy-efficient vehicles from the sales tax?”

An Act to Establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act
(Legislation HTML version; Legislation PDF version)

“Do you want to change the medical marijuana laws to allow treatment of more medical conditions and to expand the methods of distribution?”

An Act to Promote Tax Relief
(Legislation HTML version; Legislation PDF version)

“Do you want to change Maine law to require voter approval for state and local tax and spending increases over certain limits?”

An Act to Repeal the School District Consolidation Laws
(Legislation HTML version; Legislation PDF version)

“Do you want to repeal the 2007 law on school consolidation and restore the laws previously in effect?”

Maine is one of thirteen states already allowing marijuana to be prescribed for medicinal purposes. Maine first allowed medical marijuana in 1999 (the bill garnered 62% of the vote). In 2002 the amount a patient could possess increased from 1 1/4 ounces to 2 1/2 ounces. I think as long as the state maintains control of distribution and what marijuana can be prescribed for doesn’t become ridiculous this question will pass.

Tax relief is a popular topic for Mainers. Our taxes are high, there are no two ways around it. When you consider the average income in the state things look even worse. Voters rejected the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, in 2006 54% to 46%. Will voters buy it this time, or is the tax relief formula still not right?

School district consolidation has been a heated issue as of late. Dozens of districts and towns have refused to consolidate. Most of the opposition has come from small towns fearing an unfair tax burden will be levied on them because of merger into larger districts. While the consolidation measure will save the state and districts money, unless a provision to protect smaller towns from carrying an proportionals tax load I think we could see consolidation defeated.

If you have comments to make on any proposed question contact the Maine Secretary of State by email, regular post – Attn: Public Comment, 148 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0148, or in person at the Secretary of State’s office. You’ve got until July, 27th to comment. This is your chance. Make your voice heard.

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