Friday, November 7, 2008
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that most ballot initiatives that would have hurt nonprofits by reducing funding for state and local governments failed to pass. It cites defeats in both Massachusetts and North Dakota for measures that would have eliminated or sharply reduced state income taxes, as well as a measure in Oregon that would have allowed residents to deduct federal taxes from their state income-tax returns. Oregon passed, however, a measure that bars automatic payroll deductions for government employees. While apparently aimed at labor unions, the measure may also prevent automatic payroll deduction payments to charities such as through United Way type campaigns. Finally, the article details that in Minnesota voters approved a sales tax increase that will be used for environmental, arts, and cultural heritage purposes.