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VOTERS REJECT HIGHER TAXES, APPROVE MANY TAX LIMITS

 VOTERS REJECT HIGHER TAXES, APPROVE MANY TAX LIMITS
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- One clear theme emerging from


yesterday's election is that voters don't want higher taxes or more spending, according to an election analysis of state tax ballot proposals by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).
 "Voters are still saying 'no new taxes,'" said David Keating, NTU's executive vice president. "Many tax limitation measures were approved, with the best approval rate in recent memory."
 Keating noted that "a landmark tax limitation measure passed in Colorado, despite being defeated in three previous elections. This measure would require voter approval for a tax increase before it could become law, the first state to impose such a requirement."
 Ten states considered 11 major tax increase proposals. Nine were soundly defeated, and one appears to be losing. Only a cigarette tax measure in Massachusetts met with voter approval. Six of eight pro- taxpayer tax or spending limit or reduction measures were approved.
 The following are those significant statewide tax increase measures that were considered by the voters:
 -- California: Proposition 167 proposed an increase in personal income tax rates for upper income tax payers, higher corporate income tax rates, to reduce the sales tax by 0.25 of a percentage point and to repeal the sales tax on snack items. DEFEATED.
 -- Colorado: Amendment 6, proposed by the governor, contained a 1 percentage point increase in the sales tax, with the revenues earmarked for public schools. DEFEATED.
 -- Illinois: The so-called Educational Amendment proposed to give state government the "preponderant financial responsibility" for school financing. Opponents charged that it could result in a large tax increase. LOSING.
 -- Florida: Amendment 6 proposed authorizing counties to levy up to an additional 1 percent sales tax, subject to local voter approval before a tax could take effect. DEFEATED.
 -- Missouri: Two constitutional amendments proposed reducing the margin of voter approval needed for local tax increases. DEFEATED.
 -- Massachusetts: Question 1 proposed raising the cigarette taxes by 25 cents per pack to pay for health programs. APPROVED.
 Question 4 proposed an excise tax on oil and toxic chemicals with the revenues to be deposited in an Environmental Challenge Fund. DEFEATED.
 -- North Dakota: Initiative 4 proposed a 0.5 percentage point sales tax increase to fund water projects. DEFEATED.
 -- Oregon: Measure 7 proposed creating a "split roll" for property taxes, with higher property taxes for business. DEFEATED.
 -- South Dakota: Initiated Measure 3 proposed a personal and corporate income tax, to repeal the sales tax on food, clothing and utilities and to provide some property tax relief. DEFEATED.
 -- Oklahoma: State Question 647 proposed a Medicaid provider tax, with the funds used to qualify for up to twice as much federal Medicaid funding. DEFEATED.
 The following are those significant statewide tax limitation or tax reduction measures that were considered by the voters:
 -- Arizona: Proposition 108 proposed to require that any tax increased be approved by two-thirds of the legislature before becoming law. APPROVED.
 -- California: Proposition 163 proposed exempting snack food items from state or local sales tax. APPROVED.
 -- Colorado: Amendment 1 proposed to require voter approval before tax increases could become law. It also proposed to limit the growth of state and local spending. APPROVED.
 -- Connecticut: Amendment 2 proposed to limit state spending increases to the percentage increase in inflation or state personal income. APPROVED.
 -- Florida: Amendment 10 proposed limiting property tax assessments to 3 percent per year or the inflation rate, whichever is less. APPROVED.
 -- Idaho: Proposition 1 proposed limiting property tax rates to 1 percent of market value. DEFEATED.
 -- Michigan: Proposal C proposed to reduce property taxes on all property by 18 percent over five years. It also proposed a cap on property assessments of 3 percent per year or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. DEFEATED. Proposal C was hurt by divided opinion among state taxpayer groups.
 -- Rhode Island: Question 2 proposed limiting general fund appropriations to 98 percent of expected revenues. The remaining 2 percent would be deposited in a rainy day fund. APPROVED.
 -- Iowa: Iowans For Tax Relief reports that a majority of legislators elected to the General Assembly are for the Taxpayers' Rights Amendment, which would limit state spending through a constitutional amendment.
 The National Taxpayers Union is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing 200,000 members interested in reducing taxes and government spending.
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 /CONTACT: Al Cors or David Keating of the National Taxpayers Union, 202-543-1300/ CO: National Taxpayers Union ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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