At the polls on Tuesday, Massachusetts voters said 'yes' to a constitutional commission on campaign spending and 'no' to mandatory nurse staffing ratios. In Rhode Island, voters said 'yes' to all three ballot measures.
Massachusetts voters have backed a ballot measure on campaign spending. The measure would create a commission to promote a constitutional amendment to reign in corporate political spending.
Voters also backed a measure to protect the rights of transgender people. It was the first such statewide vote, rejecting calls for the repeal of state laws providing accommodations for transgender individuals.
But voters said "no" to strict staffing ratios for nurses. A significant amount of money was spent by advocates for and against this ballot measure, but ultimately the no's won out. Opponents were concerned that the measure would harm smaller community hospitals.
Rhode Island Voters backed a ballot measure seeking $250 million for the first phase of an ambitious plan to rebuild schools. The measure passed with more than 75 percent of the vote.
Voters said "yes" to a measure totaling $70 million that will be split to make changes at higher education facilities. The money will be split to make renovations at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay campus.
The third measure voters backed issued $47.3 million in bonds for environmental, water, and recreational projects. The money will be distributed between different project, programs, and developments. The largest chunk ($7.9 million) of the money will be used for wastewater treatment, storm water quality, and sewer overflow abatement infrastructure.
With reports from the AP.