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2018 Election

October 25, 2018, 12pm PDT
Proposal 3, on November's ballot, aims to bring new diversity to the community board system that advises land use and development decisions around the city.
Curbed New York
October 24, 2018, 11am PDT
At some point you have to wonder which is more costly: the new tax or opposing the tax?
Seattle PI
October 23, 2018, 1pm PDT
A local issue with regional consequences: Measure JJ would approve a scaled back version of a development proposal at the Baylands site in the San Francisco suburb of Brisbane.
San Francisco Chronicle
October 22, 2018, 11am PDT
As California voters consider a ballot initiative that would greatly expand rent control around the state, researchers are working to inform the populace about rent control.
USC Dornsife
October 22, 2018, 6am PDT
A dire report on climate change issued by a United Nations panel influenced Washington-based Microsoft to take a position on a controversial state carbon fee, Initiative 1631. Oil companies are fighting back, citing wide exemptions from the fee.
Climatewire
October 19, 2018, 12pm PDT
A biting opinion piece asks why Californians would want to worsen the effects of Proposition 13 by voting yes on Proposition 5.
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2018, 10am PDT
Voters in two Western states next month will determine whether to require energy utilities to increase their share of electricity from renewable sources to 50 percent by 2030. In Arizona, the campaign has become the costliest in state history.
The Arizona Republic
October 15, 2018, 11am PDT
Incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker charges that his Democratic opponent, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, will hike gas taxes by as much as a dollar a gallon to fund road repair, on top of raising income and property taxes.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 10, 2018, 12pm PDT
A contentious initiative on the Alaska ballot next month pits protecting salmon habitat protections against the interests of the oil and gas industry and mining companies.
NPR
September 29, 2018, 9am PDT
In a turnaround from prior voter surveys, a poll released Wednesday on November propositions found a slim majority of voters opposed to repealing the state's first legislative gas tax increase since 1989. Rent control opponents received good news too
The Mercury News
September 28, 2018, 7am PDT
Californians will determine whether to repeal recent fuel tax and user fee increases; Missourians to vote on a 10-cent gas tax hike over 4 years; Coloradans whether to hike the sales tax, and the most interesting measure will be decided in Utah.
Governing
September 27, 2018, 11am PDT
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner might as well have accused his Democratic opponent of wanting to hike the gas tax. J.B. Pritzker denies he plans to introduce a VMT fee but admits that he's open to all ideas to raise revenue to maintain infrastructure.
Illinois News Network
September 6, 2018, 2pm PDT
Two transportation bonding initiatives will appear on the ballot on Nov. 6: A $3.5 billion measure would have debt repayments come from the general fund, while a $6 billion initiative would create a revenue stream by hiking sales taxes.
The Denver Post
September 6, 2018, 11am PDT
Unlike prior initiatives that sought drilling bans, Prop. 112 would greatly increase setbacks from buildings to such an extent that it could doom much of the industry. A competing initiative would make the change a "taking" and require compensation.
Colorado Public Radio
August 20, 2018, 7am PDT
Initiative 1631 takes up where Gov. Jay Inslee's carbon tax legislation ended in March after failing to attract enough supporters. The new initiative differs from I- 732 which was rejected by 59 percent of voters two years ago.
The Atlantic
August 15, 2018, 8am PDT
One of the most controversial measures on the November 6 ballot in California is Prop. 10: the repeal of the landmark Costa-Hawkins Act that places limits on rent control. Real estate investment trusts are donating big time to defeat it.
San Francisco Chronicle
July 24, 2018, 9am PDT
Brisbane, a city of about 4,700 on the southern border of San Francisco, will vote on a controversial ballot measure in November to approve or reject a mixed-use development including up to 2,200 residential units on a 660-acre vacant brownfield.
San Mateo Daily Journal
July 21, 2018, 7am PDT
The proposed property tax would double the county's stormwater capture capacity.
LAist
July 19, 2018, 12pm PDT
California voters in November will have the opportunity to help repair the Friant-Kern Canal, damaged by subsidence, as well as invest in watershed conservation programs, by passing a citizen-initiated $8.9 billion general obligation bond measure.
The Sacramento Bee
July 18, 2018, 12pm PDT
It started in Seattle with the Amazon Tax to pay for transportation and housing needs exacerbated by the city's largest employers. Last month, a Google Tax was placed on the November ballot in Silicon Valley. A landlord tax in Oakland could be next.
Bloomberg News