Colorado Counties Will Vote on Secession Tomorrow
And other strange 2013 ballot measures
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 4, 2013 3:29 PM CST
Voters cast ballots in Colorado in this 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(Newser) – Could "North Colorado" soon become the 51st state? Voters in 11 northern Colorado counties will get to weigh in tomorrow on whether or not they'd like to secede from the state, CNN reports. Ten of the conservative-leaning counties would become North Colorado, while the other would become a panhandle for Wyoming. Of course, CNN thinks there's zero chance this actually happens, because the entire state and congress would have to vote to approve the move. But it still stands as one of the more intriguing ballot measures up for vote tomorrow. Others include:

  • Colorado is also voting on whether or not to impose a 15% excise tax on now-legal marijuana sales, which would go to fund school construction, and an additional 10% sales tax to fund marijuana enforcement laws.
  • Washington state has a measure that would require special labeling for genetically-modified food—a proposal that met with ardent opposition and eventual defeat in California last year. Sure enough, out-of-state opponents have poured money into this race as well, the Seattle Times reports; of the whopping $22 million raised in opposition, $550 has come from Washingtonians.
  • New Jersey will consider a constitutional amendment to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.25 an hour.
  • New Yorkers are considering whether or not to allow the construction of seven casinos, with the proceeds going towards education and/or cutting property taxes. New Jersey is also considering a gambling bill of sorts, the Star-Ledger reports, allowing veterans' groups to raise money via Bingo games, raffles, and similar games.

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Lefty_Libby
Nov 5, 2013 11:51 AM CST
Washington GMO's: I don't know why any state needs to vote on this. The FDA should require labeling on all modified foods. New Jersey Minimum Wage: $8.25 an hour is ridiculous in that region. The cost of living, especially housing, is sky high in Jersey. New York Casinos: The state has been sniffing around the gambling cash cow for a long time now. This is a shame. We took everything from the native peoples of North America, and this will be a real economic blow to the NY tribes. Property taxes are astronomical throughout New York State, and supposedly, the lottery funds education. Where the hell is all this money going? Colorado Marijuana Tax: I hope the sales tax is only applicable to recreational pot and not medical uses of marijuana. As to the secessionist stuff, I wish it was Texas leaving the U.S.
winterfairy
Nov 5, 2013 12:34 AM CST
Curious the 1 Billion dollar tax increase on the ballot in Colorado didn't make the list. Going to send yet more billions down to the shithole school system to teach illegal Mexicans how to read and baby sit them all day so their parents can lay around, smoke pot and have even more babies.
People_Suck
Nov 4, 2013 11:29 PM CST
I didn't know you could vote from a pinball machine?