There are four important referendum questions on the statewide ballot for November 4. Here is where the Green-Rainbow Party stands on each of them.
NO on 1: Don't undermine the gas tax
A NO vote will allow the gas tax to continue to be adjusted to keep place with inflation.
The gas tax provides dedicated funding for transportation infrastructure, fixing our roads and bridges and public transportation. Our roads and bridges are crumbling and our public transportation systems are in need of major improvements and expansions. Freezing the gas tax would hurt the Massachusetts economy and continue the cycle of putting off needed transportation expansions and maintenance.
YES on 2: Expand the Bottle Bill
A YES vote will expand the Bottle Bill to include all non-alcoholic beverage containers. This will increase recycling rates, result in less trash and litter, and reduce waste management costs for our cities and towns.
The Green-Rainbow Party has long supported expanding the bottle bill and going much further to reduce solid waste. GRP members have led efforts to ban the sale of all single serving bottled water altogether, as has been done in the town of Concord. We don't need these containers - water is already readily available at our taps. And even with deposit bills, many bottles end up in the trash rather than being recycled.
YES on 3: Stop casino gambling in Massachusetts.
Casinos are job-killing and community-destroying machines that exploit a public health problem - compulsive gambling. They take money that should be circulating within our state economy and send it to the coffers of out-of-state corporations. We should be helping people break their gambling habits - not encouraging them to waste their money at casinos.
The Green-Rainbow Party has been the only political party fighting the casino gambling initiative ever since Governor Deval Patrick unveiled it. The social costs of increased gambling-- such as crime, corruption, and the destruction of families d