Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The story nobody is talking about: Amendment E FAILS

When you have five constitutional amendments, and none of them has any organized opposition, you expect them to pass.

And if they all pass, you'd forgive the media for not reporting it. After all, they ignore such obvious stories as Corroon, Huntsman, and McCain (in Utah, at least) winning.

OK, so maybe they didn't ignore those stories.

However, I'm a little shocked that these results aren't getting at least a little press:

Amendment A: Yes: 75.86% 613,744 No: 24.14% 195,312
Amendment B: Yes: 66.04% 527,873 No: 33.96% 271,504
Amendment C: Yes: 70.71% 569,389 No: 29.29% 235,849
Amendment D: Yes: 78.25% 619,390 No: 21.75% 172,150
Amendment E: Yes: 43.64% 351,850 No: 56.36% 454,399

When the other four measures passed by 2-1 or 3-1, Why did Amendment E fail?



Jesse Harris said...

I'll take "nobody trusts the stock market right now" for $200, Alex.

Natalie said...

I'll take nobody understood it for $400 (because it really had nothing to do with the stock market, it just had a crappy name).

We are hoping to have it re-presented to voters at the next general with a title like "Educational Endowment Fund."

Jeremy said...

Good luck Natalie. This is an important step that needs to be taken.

The money that comes from the trust is spent more effectively than any other education money available since it is mainly directed by parents at the local school level. Anything that can be done to increase this source of funding over the long term should be welcomed!

Jesse is exactly right. Any mention of private investment during a time when the stock market is in as crappy shape as it is now is just too scary for many people.

Thanks Bob for pointing calling people out on this issue!