S3 Episode 3: Direct Democracy vs Bureaucracy

Are ballot questions really a form of pure direct democracy? Or are they a more complicated process?

Today, we’re unpacking some arguments you don’t hear very much - arguments against the ballot question process itself. In what ways can this process be opaque, too influenced by money, or vulnerable to intervention by state legislators? We’ll also look at a possible solution right here in Massachusetts that could improve the ballot question process for everyone.

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Further Reading:

Healthy Democracy

Question 1

WBUR - 'Millionaire's Tax' Won't Be On the State Ballot, Mass. SJC Rules

Proposition 2.5 (1980)

Boston.com - What you need to know about the 'grand bargain'

Raise Up Massachusetts

Massachusetts Citizens Initiative Review

2018 Citizens Statement on Question 1

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