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VOTING ON THE ISSUES

 

 

Election Day was about more than the politicians, voters also voted on major issues. From Medicaid to marijuana, minimum wage to money for abortions, here’s what happened & why it matters.

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MEDICAID EXPANSION

  • Three typically red states (Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah) approved measures to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s medicaid expansion in order to cover low-income adults.
  • WHY IT MATTERS: The medicaid expansions now exist in 36 states + D.C. Despite Pres. Trump’s opposition, could more states be next? (Thus making the healthcare law more difficult to change).
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MARIJUANA

  • Recreational Marijuana: Voters in North Dakota said “no”, but Michigan voters said “yes” – the 1st Midwestern state to do so.
  • Medical Marijuana: Voters in Missouri and Utah said “yes.”
  • WHY IT MATTERS: Canada just became the 2nd country to legalize recreational marijuana, now with AG Jeff Sessions out, will the U.S. be next?
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MINIMUM WAGE

  • Voters in two typically red states said “yes” to gradually raising the hourly minimum wage. Arkansas‘ $8.50 minimum wage will increase to $11 by 2021; Missouri‘s $7.85 minimum wage will increase to $13 by 2023.
  • WHY IT MATTERS: 29 states & D.C. have higher minimum wages than the federal minimum wage ($7.25). Will the feds follow suit?
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MONEY FOR ABORTIONS

  • Two states (Alabama and Virginia) voted to limit the use of taxpayer funds  for abortions. Voters in Oregon rejected a similar ballot measure.
  • WHY IT MATTERS: If any of these measures are challenged, they could end up at the Supreme Court, which now has a conservative majority, and shape abortion laws for years to come.
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