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For those interested in sharing ideas and perspectives regarding local government.

While attorneys, candidates, pundits, etc. count votes in Montana and Virginia the real policy analysts have already started to look at the results of key initiatives and referendums from around the nation. Americans indicated significant frustration with federal government incumbents, but seemed unwilling to restrict local and state government spending and taxing authority.

According to NCSL election analyst Jennie Drage Bowser, “They (Americans) were reluctant to approve measures to reduce government power but receptive to conservative-leaning measures. Liberal-leaning measures received mixed results.” For example:

  • Major tax cuts, along with tax and spending limits in six states all failed. Voters in Maine, Nebraska and Oregon rejected tax and spending limits and while voters in Oregon, South Dakota and Washington decided against significant tax reductions.

For more detail of these initiatives access the NCSL review.


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