It’s your turn to be a legislator.
In Tuesday’s election, Massachusetts voters will decide the fate of four proposed laws. They’re called ballot questions because they appear on our ballot as interrogatories, i.e. — “do you approve of” — followed by the substance of the initiative.
Question 1 proposes another slot parlor in Massachusetts. No thank you.
Question 2 asks whether Massachusetts should authorize as many as 120 new charter schools — up to a dozen a year for the next decade. To this question, even people who in general enthusiastically endorse charter schools should just say no.
Let’s, as they said in “All the President’s Men,” follow the money. Question 2 would require Massachusetts public schools, which already pay $425 million a year for the existing 65 charters, to fork over up to an additional $1 billion annually for the new ones at the end of 10 years. The credit-rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has warned that passage of this ballot question could significantly weaken municipalities’ (including Boston’s) financial standing and threaten their credit ratings.
More on money: look at who is bankrolling the Yes on 2 campaign....Read More of Bill Newman opposes Questions 1 and 2, favors 3 and 4