Voters will decide on a trio of tax and spending measures this fall that would cut billions of dollars from state and local governments and ban the state from borrowing money. In a show of bi-partisanship, both Democrats and Republicans are working together to try and defeat the measures, calling them draconian. And a grassroots movement is already underway in parts of the state, as local business owners and politicians try to spread the word that the amendments would effectively shut down the state. Bente Birkeland has more.

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