What Are the Four Ballot Questions for Massachusetts in the Fall?

Casinos, expanded bottle bill, gas tax and sick time for workers will be on the November ballot.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Massachusetts voters will not only select a new governor in November. They will also vote on four ballot questions.

The most hotly contested question that will likely lead to plenty of advertising is Question 3, which would repeal the state’s casino law.

Here are the four questions:

  • Question 1 will ask whether voters want to eliminate a law that ties the state’s gas tax to inflation.
  • Question 2 would expand the state’s bottle bill to include a 5-cent deposit on additional bottled drinks, including water and sports drinks.
  • Question 3 will ask whether voters want to repeal the casino law.
  • Question 4 would mandate 40 hours of paid sick time for Massachusetts workers.


In announcing the ballot question placement, Secretary of State William F. Galvin said the ballot questions will likely increase voter turnout because the topics are so diverse. Casinos remain a hot topic, conservatives are interested in repealing the gas tax law, labor leaders are backing the sick time question and liberals want the bottle bill expanded.

Mark Eckstein July 09, 2014 at 09:28 PM
The revenue collected was used to increase recycling and anti-litter education. However,In 2003, Gov. Mitt Romney led an effort, which prevailed, to take these forfeited nickels from this dedicated fund, and add this revenue to the state’s General Fund.
Ken B. July 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Romney could not have done that without passage of it by the democrat controlled house and senate.
Lynne Roberts July 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM
True and the same goes for WDC
Tara Dactyl July 11, 2014 at 07:46 AM
In the limit...coming much sooner to Massachusetts than, say Texas, the nanny state will tell you what you can do, rather than what you cannot do.


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