What are examples of changes brought about through ballot questions that remain in effect today?

The following Massachusetts initiatives were placed on the ballot, passed by voters in the year indicated below and stand as law today:

  • 2000 – state income tax is now 5.3%, reduced from 5.95%. This has saved Massachusetts taxpayers $7 billion so far.
  • 1998 – state income tax rate for interest and dividends¬†is now 5.3%, reduced from 12%. This has saved Massachusetts taxpayers $5.7 billion so far.
  • 1994 – rent control was repealed
  • 1994 – prohibition on stores opening on Sunday morning and holidays was repealed
  • 2002 – schools are required to teach only in English
  • 2008 – dog racing is banned
  • 2008 – marijuana is decriminalized
  • 1984 – the Bottle Bill requires shoppers to pay a deposit on bottles and cans.
  • 1980 – Prop 2-1/2 forces local governments to restrict property tax increases to 2-1/2% unless an override is passed by voters
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