Voters Make Policy Decisions in 2017 Elections

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Voters Make Policy Decisions in 2017 Elections


The 2017 elections are over. In Virginia and New Jersey, Democrats scored big victories. Voters also selected people to fill a variety of other offices in states across the country. The men and women elected will be busy making policy decisions once they take office, implementing what they view as the will of the people. But voters also made some decisions about policy directly through ballot initiatives on Tuesday:


  • Maine voters approved an initiative that would expand Medicaid coverage in line with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The state’s Republican governor, Paul LePage, said he would not implement this expansion until the legislature finds money to pay for it.


  • Voters in Ohio rejected an initiative that would impose price controls on what the state could pay for prescription drugs.


  • New Yorkers voted in favor of a proposal that will allow judges to end pension payments to public officials convicted of a crime.


  • An advisory ballot measure on whether Washington legislators should raise the state property tax was rejected by voters.


In Douglas County, Colorado, voters did not vote directly on education policy. However, they elected a slate of school board candidates that opposed private school vouchers and a program that paid teachers based on performance. This reverses the school board’s policies over the past eight years.


What do you think of voters’ decisions in this year’s elections?


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