Activists File Dozens of Ballot Questions Proposing New Laws

BOSTON (AP) — Activists pushing a range of issues — from ending tolling on Massachusetts roads to requiring presidential candidates disclose their tax returns — have filed dozens of proposed ballot questions with the state attorney general’s office.

Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday of 28 petitions filed, 26 are proposed laws for the 2018 ballot and two are constitutional amendments for the 2020 ballot.

Other questions would reduce the euthanizing of homeless animals, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, guarantee workers have access to paid family and medical leave and lower the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax to 5 percent or 4.5 percent while requiring a tax-free weekend.

Another would impose a so-called millionaire tax on the state’s wealthiest earners.

Healey’s office must first ensure the questions meet constitutional muster.

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