I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
Local Government 101 is going to be a series of blogs about local government that you may or may not know or understand. I am hoping to have my piece on what is a school Board, Common Council, Mayor’s job, terms, and others as such.
If there is someone out there that would also like to contribute or write one, I can do guest blogs. Maybe one of the current/former council members or Mayors would like to help enlighten the citizens. After all, the more we know, the better we can become.
My niece, who is one of my readers from Germantown, asked me to do a blog on Referendums. So I will accommodate her and maybe there will be something you didn’t know, just as researching the topic I have learned.
Referendum - the principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body to the vote of the electorate for approval or rejection; a legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate; A vote by the general public, rather than by governmental bodies, on a bill or some other important issue.
A direct popular vote on an issue of public policy, such as a proposed amendment to a state constitution or a proposed law. Referendums, which allow the general population to participate in policymaking, are not used at the national level, but are common at the state and local levels. A referendum is often used to gauge popular approval or rejection of laws recently passed or under consideration by a state legislature. A referendum can also be used to initiate legislative action.
How does a referendum get passed?
There are Games, Strategies and Timing that goes into the passing of a referendum.
First, is the referendum asking for money or a policy change?
More money or just plain old asking for money to build a new school or a change of policy like definition of marriage or changing wording for line item veto.
Timing and wording are everything! If you watch referendums, you will notice that most pass by the third time, thus third time is a charm.
Second, the wording is tweaked a little each time and dollar amounts come down. Sometimes, they over inflate the amount on purpose to play the game of we lowered it, so now it must be reasonable to vote yes. That is much like what people do when they are selling their house.
After all of the wearing down on people they just vote yes and pass it.
Now we all just pay for it.