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Tax reform and school spending were among the state ballot measures that went before voters Nov. 2. Bold indicates the measure passed.

State Initiative Results
Alabama Amendment 2
Would have eliminated language in state constitution that requires “separate schools … for white and colored children.” Would also have struck clause that says “no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.”
FAIL**
**Unofficial results in Alabama showed a virtual tie on Amendment 2. State law will require a recount if the difference is less than 0.5 percent when provisional and absentee ballots are counted this week.
Arkansas Referred Question 1
Referred by legislature, measure would have increased property-tax rate by 3 mills—or 3 cents for every $100 in assessed value—to pay for public schools.
FAIL
 
California Proposition 1A
Will allow local property and sales taxes to remain under the control of local governments, and will generally prevent state from shifting to schools or community colleges state tax revenues allocated to local governments. Proposition may be suspended if governor declares a fiscal emergency and two-thirds of legislature agrees.
PASS
Colorado Amendment 35
Increases cigarette tax to 84 cents a pack—a 64-cent increase—and raises tax on other tobacco products to 40 percent of purchase price, double the current rate. Sixteen percent of resulting revenue will be spent on education about harms of tobacco and on programs to help smokers quit.
PASS
 
Florida Amendment 1
Authorizes legislature to pass law requiring parental notification when a teenager seeks an abortion.
PASS
 
Indiana Question 1
Gives legislature power to exempt certain property from taxes, including a person’s primary residence, and personal property used to generate income.
PASS
 
Louisiana Amendment No. 2
Expands existing property-tax exemptions on primary residences.
PASS
 
Maine Question 1
Citizen-initiated measure would have capped property taxes at 1 percent of assessed value and rolled back property values to 1996-97 levels.
FAIL
 
Missouri Amendment 3
Requires that revenue from motor-vehicle sales taxes and fuel taxes be spent on local highways, roads, and bridges. Some of that revenue has helped pay for schools.
PASS
 
Nevada Question 1
“Education First” ballot question forces legislature to allocate money to schools before deciding how much to spend on other state projects.
PASS
Question 2
Would have amended state constitution to require that Nevada finance schools at or above average national per-pupil expenditure, starting in 2012-13 school year.
FAIL
 
New Mexico Amendment 5
Changes name of New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped to New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
PASS
 
North Carolina Amendment 2
Amends state constitution to allow legislature to tap money from fines and civil penalties to help pay for public schools.
PASS
 
Oklahoma Question 705 and 706:
Creates state lottery and dedicates the proceeds to education.
PASS
Question 712
Enacts new Model Tribal Gaming Compact that changes the types of gaming allowed on tribal land and directs portions of the proceeds to education.
PASS
South Dakota Amendment B
Would have amended state constitution to permit state to pay for food and transportation for students who attend religious schools.
FAIL
Measure 1
Would have exempted food purchases from state and local sales taxes.
FAIL
Washington Referendum 55
Would have authorized the state’s charter school law, which was passed by the legislature in March but was suspended due to a citizens' petition.
FAIL
Initiative 884
Would have raised state sales tax to 7.5 percent— 1 percentage point higher than current level. Estimated $1 billion in new revenue would  have financed preschool, K-12 programs, higher education scholarships and research, and increases in teacher salaries.
FAIL
SOURCE: Education Week

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