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Ballot Questions 2012 - Green-Rainbow Party Positions

budgetforall-75.jpgNovember 2012 election STATEWIDE QUESTIONS – will appear on every ballot in the state

Question 1: Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information

The referendum sponsors (in favor of YES) have reached very late agreement on a compromise bill that has since been enacted into law.

Green-Rainbow Party takes no position on issue.

Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life Upon Request 

Green-Rainbow Party takes no position on issue.

Question 3: Medical Use of Marijuana (passed!)

The Green-Rainbow party would have liked to have seen a broader referendum. Our existing policy is in favor of legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana.

Green-Rainbow Party position: Vote YES on this issue

LOCAL QUESTIONS – will appear on many local ballots, but not all.
The question number will vary by voting district. Check websites for specific information in your voting district.

Move to Amend:

move-to-amend.jpgThis ballot question instructs state legislators to pass a state resolution calling on Congress to propose a Constitutional amendment affirming that (1) corporations are not entitled to the same constitutional rights as human beings, and (2) Congress and the States may place limits on political contributions and spending.

Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party locals have strongly supported this national movement spearheaded by leaders in the Green Party of the United States. In Massachusetts, voters in 33 state representative and 6 state senate districts, approximately thirty-five percent of the state’s voters, will have the opportunity to vote on this question. For details, see Massachusetts Move to Amend website.

Green-Rainbow Party position: Vote YES on this issue

Budget for All:

budgetforall-150.jpgThis ballot question asks: Shall the state Representative (or Senator) from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon the Congress and the President to: 1. Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance; 2. Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services; 3. Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and 4. Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now?

The Green-Rainbow Party took an active part in the coalition of community, labor, and peace groups that put the Budget for All referendum on the November 6, 2012 ballot in 91 cities and towns across Massachusetts. One million Massachusetts voters will have a chance to support this agenda. For details, see the Budget for All website.

Green-Rainbow Party position: Vote YES on this issue

Legalize Marijuana

The legalize marijuana campaign has managed to get on the Nov. 6 ballot in 44 cities and towns in Massachusetts.  Over 1 in 11 voters will have the opportunity to vote on marijuana legalization. The question is worded: "Shall the State Senator/Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana in the same manner as alcohol?"

In addition, other districts vote on the following question: "Shall the state Senator/Representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon Congress to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana so that states may regulate it as they choose?"

Green-Rainbow Party position: Vote YES on this issue

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