Local Tax Ballot Measures and Quality of Life
The previous chapter empirically showed how ballot measures are both less likely to garner support and to pass in areas with high life quality and was focused on state level ballot measures across a variety of subjects. This finding looked at all ballot measures regardless of content or subject. We treated ballot measures about legalizing marijuana as if they were the same as ballot measures on any other subject. In this chapter, we refine that and concentrate on only local ballot measures involving a tax increase. Our interest in this narrower set of ballot measures is twofold. First, we are interested in ballot measures where the quality of life is more homogeneous to better test the effect, and second we are interest in better understanding the impact of quality of life on decisions that have a direct and more immediate effect on the voter.
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