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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Libertarians say vote 'no' on ballot issues

Camie Young

Camie Young

Libertarians this year aren’t just campaigning for office, but they are also campaigning against referenda on November ballots.

The Libertarian Party of Georgia released Friday its recommendation to vote ‘no” on each of the five proposed constitutional amendments as well as the proposed referendum.

In a press release, officials said the “no” position on Amendment 1 may surprise voters, but the group said the proposition protected the interests of big business by adding a barrier to people trying to enter the marketplace.

“When a large company releases an employee, or an employee leaves a firm of their own will, punishing that employee beyond their term of employment by contractually barring them from joining a competitor or starting their own firm in the same field hurts the potential economic growth,” said Operations Director Brett Bittner. “By preventing employees from choosing the ‘best fit’ for their abilities, you stifle the free market that exists for labor.”

Party officials recommended “no” on amendments 2, 3 and 4 because of budget concerns and increases in taxes and fees, and on Amendment 5 “due to the irrevocable annexation clause, should a property owner choose removal from an industrial area.”

To view the full report of recommendations, go to www.LPGeorgia.com.

Changed date

Paul Davis of the Gwinnett Tea Party has released a new date for the meeting featuring congressional candidate Rob Woodall. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Flying Machine.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.