THREE POSSIBLE 2018 BALLOT QUESTIONS GET A HEARING

By Bob Katzen

Three possible 2018 ballot questions were the subject of hearings last week.

The proposals would increase the minimum hourly wage to $12 in 2019, $13 in 2020, $14 in 2021 and $15 in 2022; create a program to provide paid family and medical leave to Massachusetts workers; and reduce the state’s sale tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent and at the same time establish an annual two-day permanent sales tax holiday in August that allows consumers to buy most products that cost under $2,500 without paying the state’s sales tax.

If the Legislature does not approve the proposed laws by May 2, 2018, proponents must gather another 10,792 signatures by July 4, 2018, in order for the question to appear on the November 2018 ballot.

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