Someday the Omelett Will Be Just a Memory in California

By November 5, 2008Economy, Taxation

But at least we can afford a soda in Maine.

Two ballot measures the business community was paying attention to.

MAINE….

Voters have approved a repeal of the recently passed beer, wine and soda taxes, according to preliminary results.

The Bangor Daily News is reporting that 64 percent of voters have approved the repeal, while 36 percent voted to uphold the tax.

“We said back in April that if Maine people had a chance to have a voice on these taxes they would reject them,” said Newell Augur, chairman of the group Fed Up with Taxes which backed the people’s veto. “It appears as though Maine people rejected these taxes by a 2 to 1 margin. It’s a testament that families and businesses are making difficult choices every day. They hope and expect that their government will be doing the same.”

CALIFORNIA…

(11-05) 08:17 PST SACRAMENTO — A measure that would ban farmers from raising egg-laying hens, veal calves and pregnant pigs in small cages and crates by 2015 appeared to be headed for victory this life, giving them the space they need to stand up, turn around, lie down and extend their wings, as well as prevent diseases caused by overcrowding.

Supporters of Proposition 2 said the initiative would guarantee farm animals a better life, giving them the space they need to stand up, turn around, lie down and extend their wings, as well as prevent diseases caused by overcrowding.

Opponents argue that the measure would put California’s egg industry out of business, as well as put consumers at risk for disease from imported eggs produced in countries with less stringent standards.

We feel bad for the farmers who will be forced to close or relocate, but the implications go far beyond a single industry. If you’re a business owner, why would you ever locate in a state where the voters can decide to shut you down on aesthetic grounds?

 

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