by David Ammons | August 10th, 2010
Office of the Secretary of State 2010 Ballot Measures Overview
Initiatives on the Ballot
Initiative Measure 1098 – State Income Tax on High Income Earners
This measure would tax “adjusted gross income” above $200,000 (individuals) and $400,000 (joint-filers), reduce state property tax levies, reduce certain business and occupation taxes, and direct any increased revenues to education and health.
Initiative Measure 1100 – Regulating Liquor—Retailers Proposal
This measure would close state liquor stores; authorize sale, distribution, and importation of spirits by private parties; and repeal certain requirements that govern the business operations of beer and wine distributors and producers.
Initiative Measure 1105 – Regulating Liquor—Wholesalers Proposal
This measure would close all state liquor stores and license private parties to sell or distribute spirits. It would revise laws concerning regulation, taxation and government revenues from distribution and sale of spirits.
Initiative Measure 1053 – Requiring a Two-Thirds Vote for Legislature to Raise Taxes
This measure would restate existing statutory requirements that legislative actions raising taxes must be approved by two-thirds legislative majorities or receive voter approval, and that new or increased fees require majority legislative approval.
Initiative Measure 1107 – Repealing Tax on Candy, Bottled Water and Soda Pop
This measure would end sales tax on candy; end temporary sales tax on some bottled water; end temporary excise taxes on carbonated beverages; and reduce tax rates for certain food processors.
Initiative Measure 1082 – Creating Three Way Industrial Insurance System
This measure would authorize employers to purchase private industrial insurance beginning July 1, 2012; direct the Legislature to enact conforming legislation by March 1, 2012; and eliminate the worker-paid share of medical-benefit premiums.
Ballot Measures referred by the Legislature
Engrossed Substitute House Joint Resolution 4220 – Denying Bail in Serious Crimes
This amendment would authorize courts to deny bail for offenses punishable by the possibility of life in prison, on clear and convincing evidence of a propensity for violence that would likely endanger persons.
Referendum Bill 52 – Green Energy Bond Program for Schools
This bill would authorize bonds to finance construction and repair projects increasing energy efficiency in public schools and higher education buildings, and continue the sales tax on bottled water otherwise expiring in 2013.
Senate Joint Resolution 8225 – Constitutional Amendment Regarding State Debt Limits
This amendment would redefine “interest” in the state Constitution in order to make State General Obligation Bonds eligible for a new federal subsidy, called “Build America Bonds,” and alter the way in which the state’s constitutional debt limit is calculated.