Arizona Agriculture Says "No" to Both Ballot Initiatives
By Joe Sigg, Arizona Farm Bureau Government Relations Director: For the first time in 75 years, the November ballot in Arizona will not have any matters referred to it by the legislature. This means either they could not agree or they are doing the job we elected them to and not just passing issues on to voters!
And there are only two citizen initiatives on the ballot: (1) legalize recreational use of marijuana; (2) Increase the minimum wage. While several were proposed and had petitions circulating, these were the only ones submitted and passing various legal challenges.
- The Arizona Farm Bureau opposes Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (I-08-2016):
When you de-criminalize a behavior, in this
- The Arizona Farm Bureau opposes The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (I-24-2016):
Economists have legitimate disagreements as to both the positive and negative impacts of minimum wage increases. Predicting outcomes, in advance,
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For more understanding of each of the initiatives and to read pro and con arguments, the Secretary of State’s website features the Ballot Measures.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Arizona Agriculture.