Analyzing Ballot Measure Votes Around the Country

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

People turn out in Colorado to rally support against Proposition AA. (No On Proposition AA/Facebook)

Election Day has come and gone, and in addition to choosing mayors and governors, six states took up a total of 31 ballot measures.

In Washington State, voters turned out to decide whether to require labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). About $40 million went into that contentious issue, most of it from outside the state. By a vote of 55 to 45 percent, voters chose not to require these labels. 

Colorado took up two important measures: A hefty tax on newly-legalized marijuana to cover regulation costs, and a billion dollar tax increase to overhaul the state’s education system. The marijuana tax passed and the education measure failed.

And New Jersey voted to increase the minimum wage to $8.25 an hour. That’s despite Governor Chris Christie’s recent veto on similar legislation.

Joining The Takeaway to discuss these initiatives and more is Wendy Underhill, program manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Guests:

Wendy Underhill

Produced by:

Allie Ferguson and Mythili Rao

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

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