After Glarus, Zurich would be the second canton to lower the voting age to 16. Although the matter was already up for discussion in other cantons, it was rejected everywhere else.
The introduction of parental leave of 36 weeks would be a premiere. At the federal level, fathers have only had two weeks off work so far. However, the SP initiative for 18 weeks of parental leave for fathers and mothers was given little chance in the run-up to the vote.
The people of Zurich will also decide whether climate protection should be written into the constitution. A fourth bill deals with the naturalization of foreigners. The SVP held a referendum against the new civil rights law.
Tax bills are being voted on in four cantons. In Schaffhausen it is about a temporary tax increase for assets of more than two million francs. The left-green initiative provides for a Corona solidarity contribution for five years. A fund for financing climate measures will also be voted on.
In the canton of Neuchâtel, an initiative by the Labor Party (POP) is being passed, which is demanding an increase in wealth tax for the rich. The creation of an audit office will also be submitted to the electorate for a decision. This supervisory body already exists in the cantons of Geneva and Vaud.
In contrast, the cantons of Solothurn and Aargau are concerned with tax cuts. In Aargau, a popular initiative is also being decided on for the possibility of removing officials from office.
In the canton of Basel-Land, the possibility should be created to reduce people’s social assistance. A second bill provides for an amendment to the Ombudsman Act. It is intended to enable ombudsmen to pursue a part-time job.
In the canton of Berne, a decision is being made on strengthening popular rights vis-à-vis parliament. In the canton of Fribourg, the canton’s land policy is up for discussion. In the canton of Geneva, a school proposal is being voted on, St. Gallen decides on the construction of the new state archive, the canton of Uri on simplifying the appraisal system and Ticino on a spending brake. Finally, in the canton of Jura, a decision is made to reduce motor vehicle tax.