Two constitutional amendments will be on the November 2016 ballot: Tax Relief, Right to Work. Information here is quoted from vote411.org.
A 'YES' vote is a vote FOR adding this amendment to the Constitution. (Agree with proponents.)
A 'NO' vote is a vote AGAINST adding this amendment to the Constitution. (Agree with Opponents.)
Pros and Cons:
Proponents of the amendment say:
1. Exemption from the real property tax of surviving spouses recognizes the hardships to families as a result of the death of those who serve to protect Virginians.
2. The exemption is established at the option of localities; thus, it is not considered an unfunded mandate.
Opponents of the amendment say:
1. Exemption from the real property tax by localities could result in reduced revenue for that locality.
2. Changes to the Virginia Constitution should be done only for very extraordinary and compelling needs/reasons.
(i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer,
(ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or
(iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?"
INTRO: Right to work laws mean that an employee has a right to work for an employer without being a member of a union (but gets the benefit of the union's negotiations for improvements without paying union dues); RTW bans making union membership a condition of employment.
Right to Work (RTW) VA Constitutional Amendment Pros and Cons
A "YES" vote is a vote FOR adding this amendment to the Constitution. (Agree with proponents).
A "NO" vote is a vote AGAINST adding this amendment to the Constitution. (Agree with Opponents).
1. A constitutional amendment would ensure that future General Assemblies cannot easily change Virginia's status as a "right-to-work" state.
2. A constitutional amendment, approved at an election, shows the direct will of the people, not just that of legislators.
1. A constitutional amendment is not necessary since Virginia's current policy has been in effect for over 60 years.
2. A constitutional amendment does not allow for timely modifications.