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Victories to Celebrate

Ian Scott on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 5:43:22 pm

Many chambers were happy when results from ballot measures came in on Nov 3.  Here are few reasons for state and local chambers to celebrate:

  • Chambers across Florida celebrated when Amendment 4 (Hometown Democracy) failed at the polls.  The measure would have mandated voter approval to change city, town and county comprehensive land-use plans, effectively halting growth by bogging down all zoning changes.  Read more here.
  • In Oklahoma, the chamber community notched a victory when a school funding initiative, referred to as Question 744, was rejected by 80% of voters.  The measure would have mandated that the state fund public education to at least the per-pupil average of their six neighboring states.  Read more here.
  • The Seattle Chamber and other business organizations in the Evergreen State applauded as Initiative 1098, the stateís first income tax measure, was defeated.  Read more here.
  • Charleston, SC voters joined the chamber in supporting a six year 1 cent sales tax to rebuild and repair public school buildings.  Thanks to the chamberís campaign, the measure passed by a comfortable 64%.  Read more here.
  • Charlotte, NC voters also voted with the chamber to support three bonds totaling $204 million for transportation, neighborhood improvements and affordable housing.  Read more here.

Is your chamber still celebrating a victory at the polls?  Leave a comment and tell your peers about it.

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