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Proposed Mass. Ballot Questions Face Another Deadline

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BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of a slew of proposed ballot questions in Massachusetts are facing another key deadline.

If Massachusetts lawmakers fail to approve any of the questions by Wednesday, backers of the initiatives will have to start collecting another batch of signatures to secure a spot on the November ballot.

They’ll have until June 18 to submit the more than 11,000 needed signatures to local city and town clerks.

Among the proposed initiatives are questions that would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 per hour over two years and create a statewide earned sick time policy.

Other questions would expand the bottle deposit law, limit the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, and repeal a new law linking future hikes in the gas tax to the rate of inflation.

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