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IF SUCCESSFUL, HILL BARGAINING COULD DERAIL THREE BALLOT QUESTIONS

By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 12, 2018...Top Democrats on Beacon Hill are eyeing a legislative solution that would keep as many as three initiative petitions - a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave and a sales tax cut - off the 2018 ballot, but activists and stakeholders involved in those efforts say it could be a tricky needle to thread.

Both House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler have indicated their interest in addressing the minimum wage and paid leave this year - proponents of those measures have been prodding lawmakers to act for years. And DeLeo went even further this week, throwing the third issue - a sales tax cut - into the mix of potential bargaining to avoid letting the major issues go before voters ten months from now.

"I’d like to see us, as best as we can, address these issues, keep them off the ballot. But that remains to be seen," DeLeo told the Boston Globe in an interview Wednesday.


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