• Mass. voters could face slew of ballot questions


    BOSTON (AP) - A higher minimum wage, a cut in the sales tax, an expanded bottle bill, and a repeal of a new computer services tax are some of the questions Massachusetts voters could face on next year's ballot.

    Thirty-three questions were filed with Attorney General Martha Coakley's office proposing 18 new laws and four constitutional amendments.

    Other questions would repeal the state's casino law, create nurse-patient ratios and eliminate potential automatic increases in the gas tax.

    One proposal - dubbed The Massachusetts Family Sunshine Protection Act - would make daylight saving time the year-round standard for Massachusetts.

    Many of the questions were variations of the same issue to ensure a shot at the 2014 ballot.

    It's up to Coakley to determine if the questions pass constitutional muster.

    Activists must then collect tens of thousands of voter signatures.

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