Victories to Celebrate
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.