A Conservative Take on the Referendums

There are all sorts of referendums on the ballot. Here is the Illinois Family Institute’s view on them:

Ballot Questions: Constitutional Amendments & Referenda on Nov. 4th Ballot from Illinois Family Institute

Two proposed changes to the Illinois Constitution will be on the November 4th ballot – one pertaining to crime victims’ rights and the other, elections. A simple majority of those who pull ballots or three-fifths of those voting on the measure itself will be required to make the suggested constitutional changes.

1.) Proposed Amendment to Section 8.1 of Article 1 of the Illinois Constitution – Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights

Illinois Family Institute Position: Vote YES

Illinois Family Institute supports victims’ rights. Opponents believe this amendment is unnecessary because the current law already provides these protections. Proponents of this amendment believe it may ensure enforcement of existing law. The 492-word amendment specifies twelve different rights for crime victims, all in current law, including the right to be notified about court rulings, proceedings, and to be protected from the accused during the justice process. The amendment gives the victims the right to communicate with the prosecution and to be heard at any court proceeding involving release, plea or sentencing.

2.) Proposed Amendment to Section 8 of Article III of the Illinois Constitution – Elections

Illinois Family Institute Position: Vote NO

Proponents of fair elections argue this amendment would negatively impact and stop any effort to combat election fraud, efforts 31 other states have enacted. They also raise questions about the phrase “status as a member of a language minority.” It is unknown whether this requirement will eventually force polling places to provide ballots in an array of language translations or require them to make available language interpreters to convey ballot choices.

Referenda on the Nov. 4th Ballot

Three advisory referenda will be on the Illinois’ 2014 General Election ballot. On an “advisory referendum,” voters express their opinions. The question will not become law if a majority agrees with it, but their opinion will be considered as the Illinois General Assembly decides legislation on the issue.

1.) Minimum Wage – Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?

Illinois Family Institute Position: Vote NO

Minimum wage hikes fall disproportionately on small-business owners who are less able to absorb increased labor costs. This means there are fewer opportunities for unskilled workers or adults to get started in the labor market and move their way up. This referendum would trigger employers to hire more workers under the age of 18 where the minimum wage hike doesn’t apply, forcing workers over the age of 18 out of a job. Minimum wage hikes actually harm the very people that proponents of the laws say they want to help.

2.) Prescription Birth Control Coverage – Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?

Illinois Family Institute Position: Vote NO
Supported by Planned Parenthood

Since 2004, Illinois law has already required health insurance policies to include prescription birth control coverage, which could include abortion inducing drugs. Opponents view this referendum as a way to increase uninformed voter turnout.

3.) Additional 3%Income Tax – Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3 percent tax on income greater than one million dollars? (emphasis added)

Illinois Family Institute Position: Vote NO

This referendum would drive more businesses and millionaires, who are already highly taxed, out of Illinois. Illinois is currently one of the nation’s top three income losing states – an estimated $20 billion lost as Illinoisans moved to other states over the past decade. If the temporary tax is made permanent, which Governor Patrick Quinn and Speaker Michael Madigan are recommending, the additional 3 percent brings their tax to 8 percent, one of the highest in the nation.


A Conservative Take on the Referendums — 4 Comments

  1. Libertarian response: on Victim’s Rights vote HELL NO!

    Better name is Lazy Victims’ Bill of Special Privileges at Taxpayer Expense.

    Truly interested victims do not need notification of hearings that are public anyway.

    If this measure does anything at all, it will be to interfere with the defendant’s right to due process.

    Real(negative)rights to be free from the police state trump fake(positive)rights to get goodies from the police state anyday.

  2. This is a no-brainer.

    Vote NO on all.

    That probably goes for any past or future referendums, also.

  3. For you who are to lazy to find out what these social advocates is all about, here is what has been written about them:

    or if you want to read more in detail about their different issues and agendas, go to their web site;

    Here is what is written in Wikipedia;

    IFI is a vocal opponent of abortion, separation of church and state, “activist judges”, the “marriage penalty”, civil unions, same-sex marriage, gambling and drug legalization.

    In 2009, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated IFI as an anti-gay hate group on the grounds that the organization is primarily “focused on attacking gay people and homosexuality in general”.
    IFI supports teaching of creationism in school as a way to present “both sides of an argument” even though a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court ruling bars creationism from science classes on constitutional grounds, because it would tend to endorse religion or a particular religious belief.
    As early as 1996, IFI consultants made recommendations to Illinois educators to keep explicit references to evolution out of public school classrooms in Illinois, a recommendation that was approved in July 1997.
    According to IFI, “those efforts enabled us to keep objectionable sex education and mandatory teaching of evolution out of the standards, leaving such issues to local control”.
    IFI’s efforts were credited with the then-unpublicized elimination of word from Illinois school curricula.

  4. Wow, Why!

    You say all of that as though these were bad things.

    I would be curious to know why this has your shorts in a knot.

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