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HIGHLIGHTS OF 1988 BALLOT PROPOSALS

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ALASKA
Ballot Measure 3:Create community-college system separate from University of Alaska system.

ARIZONA
Proposition 106:Declare English official language.

ARKANSAS
Item 4:Repeal personal-property tax on household goods. Require vote of 60 percent of legislature or approval by popular referendum to levy, amend state taxes. Change taxing procedure for motor vehicles.

CALIFORNIA
Proposition 78:$600-million bond issue for higher education.

Proposition 79:$800-million bond issue for public schools.

Proposition 85:$75-million bond issue for public libraries.

Proposition 98:Set minimum state funding level for public schools. Earmark revenues collected in excess of state spending limit for education. Require school "report cards." Mandate "prudent" state budget reserve.

COLORADO
Constitutional Amendment 1:Declare English official language.

Constitutional Amendment 6:Limit property tax on homes to 1 percent of value. Require voter approval for future property-tax increases greater than 1 percent. Cut income tax by 10 percent.

FLORIDA
Constitutional Amendment 6:Create state Taxation and Budget Commission.

Constitutional Amendment 11:Declare English official language.

GEORGIA
Amendment 1:Create appointive office of commissioner of education to replace elected state school superintendent.

Amendment 6:Provide state officials with "sovereign and official" immunity from prosecution.

HAWAII
Constitutional Amendment 5:Allow 17-year-olds to vote if they will turn 18 during election year.

Constitutional Amendment 6:Allow Hawaii State Student Council to appoint nonvoting student member to state board of education.

IDAHO
House Joint Resolution 3:Allow state lottery, pari-mutuel betting, charitable games of chance.

ILLINOIS
Question:For the calling of a state constitutional convention.

Constitutional Amendment:Lower voting age to 18.

INDIANA
Amendment 1:Allow a state lottery.

KENTUCKY
Constitutional Amendment 1:Allow a state lottery.

MAINE
Question 6:$36.8-million bond issue for University of Maine system.

MASSACHUSETTS
Question 4:Close electric power plants that produce nuclear waste.

MINNESOTA
Constitutional Amendment 3:Allow a state lottery.

MONTANA
Constitutional Amendment 17:Allow school districts to invest in stock and in other ways authorized by legislature.

Legislative Resolution 106:Extend through 1999 statewide 6-mill property tax for higher education.

NEBRASKA
Constitutional Amendment 3B:Allow 17-year-olds to vote if they will turn 18 by time of general election.

NEVADA
Question 2:Clarify which 16th Section lands are pledged to finance education.

Question 3:Let legislature disallow executive branch regulations.

Question 9:Prohibit personal income tax.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Constitutional Amendment:Let legislature disallow executive branch regulations.

NEW JERSEY
Question 1:$350-million bond issue for higher education.

NEW MEXICO
Constitutional Amendment 2:Allow governor to fire appointees without stating reason.

Constitutional Amendment 4:Allow counties to issue bonds for library materials.

Bond Issue 1:$20.8 million for public schools, $29.7 million for higher education.

Bond Issue 4:$1.5 million for public libraries.

NORTH DAKOTA
Constitutional Amendment 2:Revise rules on appointment to and powers of state board of higher education.

Constitutional Amendment 3:Allow state to tax federal property if Congress agrees. Allow state to tax county, municipal property if legislature agrees.

OREGON
Constitutional Amendment 2:Allow Common School Fund to buy equities, stocks.

Measure 5:1-cent sales tax on beer, cigarettes to fund college sports.

RHODE ISLAND
Question 4:$17.7-million bond issue for University of Rhode Island library.

Question 9:Allow state to issue college-savings bonds.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Question 4:Reduce mandatory state general-fund reserve from 4 percent to 3 percent of revenues. Require new capital reserve fund equal to 2 percent of revenues.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Constitutional Amendment C:Limit tax on agricultural property to 1 percent and on non-agricultural property to 2.5 percent of 1984 values. Percentages cannot rise more that 2 percent annually in subsequent years.

TEXAS
Amendment 2:Establish "rainy day" fund in state treasury.

Amendment 3:Allow Permanent School Fund, Permanent University Fund, Public Employees Retirement Fund, and Teachers Retirement Fund to invest 1 percent of holdings in new Texas Growth Fund to promote economic development.

UTAH
Initiative A:Limit property tax on homes to 0.75 percent of value. Limit tax on other property to 1 percent of value.

Initiative B:Reduce income, sales, gasoline, cigarette taxes to 1986 rates.

Initiative C:Income-tax credit for private-school expenses.

WEST VIRGINIA
Amendment 1:Double amount of bonded debt that school districts, local governments may incur.

WYOMING
Amendment 1:Allow legislature to set three property-tax classifications--mineral, industrial, and other.

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