Campaigns around Transportation Ballot Measures
By Jake Knight on December 05, 2012
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association tracked 31 ballot measures across the U.S. and found that nearly 70% of them passed. Transportation Issues Daily also compiled a good list of ballot measure results after the election last month.
East Bay Bicycle Coalition supported Measure B1, a high-profile measure in Alameda County that would extend and augment a half-cent sales tax to improve multimodal transportation with an unprecedented 11% of funding allocated to bicycle and pedestrian projects. Requiring a two-thirds supermajority, the measure failed to pass by only 0.14%, and a recount is currently underway. Whatever may come of the recount, support generated around Measure B1 has shown officials that the majority of Alameda County residents are in favor of funding better transportation options.
Taking action for or against ballot measures counts as lobbying, so 501c3 organizations should be aware of their limits. To learn more about the extent to which a 501c3 organization can engage in activities around ballot measures, read this Alliance for Justice tip sheet.
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