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Narrow tax hikes win support on election day 2013

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(Read caption) A voter gets an 'I Voted' sticker from Denver election worker Constance Rolon (top) at the Denver Elections Division headquarters in downtown Denver.

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Last Tuesday, voters in several states approved modest tax hikes. Increasingly, states are using ballot measures to determine whether to support new taxes. Some of these referenda are binding, others just advisory. But in 2013, voters in several states seem to be hungering for more revenue—though sometimes from unusual sources and decidedly not by raising income taxes—at least in one state.

Here is a rundown of the results:

Even when they are non-binding, these ballot measures are a useful look at voter moods, especially in off-year elections. They are one of the few opportunities for the voters to be heard on specific issues. Coloradans are ok with a new tax on pot but like their flat income tax just as it is and Texans are willing to spend a little of their savings when it is as important as water.

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