STATE PARKS FUND AMENDMENT, AMENDMENT 2, if passed, would ensure that funding for state parks would not be able to be reallocated to other parts of the state government. This amendment was placed on the ballot due to park closures after $15 million was reallocated to the general fund. This measure could have mixed impacts on budget policy. On one hand, entrance and other charges have funded most of the parks’ budget; user fees connected to a specific purpose are commensurate with and apply to the cost of providing a service. On the other hand, some limited general revenues have funded parks in the past, and policy makers should have the flexibility to allocate those types of resources to priorities so as to avoid budget gaps and minimize the pressure for higher taxes. The outcome of this measure could be positive, but only if public officials commit to funding parks solely through user fees.
“RIGHT TO WORK” AMENDMENT, AMENDMENT 8, if passed, would ensure that a person will not be denied employment based on membership or non-membership in a union. This would ensure that employees would be able to work without being forced to join a union if they are hired by an employer whose workers are unionized. A 2011 study by prominent economist and NTU board member Dr. Richard Vedder found a strong positive relationship between economic growth in a state and the presence of a right to work law.