Boston Business Journal
October 12, 2022

Editorial: Vote no on ballot Question 1


Ballot Question 1 can’t guarantee one penny more in funding for education or transportation, so business leaders and taxpayers should speak out loudly against it and voters should reject it on Nov. 8.

In the newest television advertisement from supporters of ballot Question 1, a woman makes the claim that the tax “raises $2 billion that the constitution requires goes to public schools colleges and roads.”

Problem is, that claim is misleading.

In fact, many business owners and advocates statewide have been arguing for months now that nothing in the constitutional amendment guarantees an increase in overall funding for education and transportation. Like any earmark, any other revenue also budgeted for that same use can be diverted by the Legislature.

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