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Several questions clear hurdle to 2018 ballot



Associated Press
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

BOSTON — A hike in the state’s minimum wage and a cut in the state sales tax are two of several proposed ballot questions that are one step closer to going before voters next November.

Wednesday was the deadline for ballot question backers to deliver the certified signatures of at least 64,750 registered voters to the secretary of state’s office.

The minimum wage question would gradually increase the wage to $15 an hour. The sales tax question would lower the tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent.

Other questions would require hospitals to adhere to strict nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, permit the state to exclude abortion services from state-funded health care and create a commission to recommend amendments to the U.S. Constitution establishing that corporations don’t have the same constitutional rights as people.