North Carolinians who cast their ballots this year made several critical choices. Among these were important ballot initiatives in multiple counties to increase public investment in transit, housing, schools, parks and redevelopment. Research shows that quality infrastructure can help raise the living standard in diverse communities and boost productivity. By choosing to devote resources to these efforts, we as voters and community members take part in the creation of more equitable communities.
But the work does not end there. There is work outside of physical infrastructure that must be done in order to ensure that our state and local communities are inclusive and equitable for all.
Across the country, voters in other states supported increased investments made possible by raising revenue in a progressive way. In Maine, residents passed an income tax surcharge for income-earners making above $200,000, from 7.15 to 10.15 percent. In California, voters supported a 12-year extension of temporary income tax increases, adding three brackets with a top marginal rate of 13.3 percent.
In North Carolina, the following referendums on public investments passed by popular vote: Read more