Saturday, August 31, 2002

Citizen Action Succeeds, Phase One

According to an Associated Press story , voters in Arkansas will have to opportunity to repeal an unpopular tax via constitutional amendment. A petition drive was set back earlier when 20,000 signatures were found invalid, leaving the petition 10,000 votes short of becoming a ballot referendum. But a renewed effort added 27,000 more signatures, meaning an astonishing 100,000 folks signed the petition!

If the new signatures are OK'd, the referendum goes on the ballot for November 5. Already the "opponents," unnamed in the story, are claiming that the repeal will "cost" the State $188 million.

The leader of the group pushing for the referendum said "that his job is pushing to remove what he says is an unfair tax and that it's the legislature's job to replace that revenue, if necessary." Yeah!

By the way, the name of the group? The Committee to Ax the Food Tax.

Gotta love 'em.

Until next time,
Your Working Boy

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