Here’s a no BS guide to the some of the propositions on the November 6th ballot. I’m not going to go into too much detail on each one but will provide a link to the full description so you can read more if need be.
Proposition 30: First and foremost, this would amend the state’s constitution. (More details here.) For those making less than $250,000 a year, you won’t see an increase in your income taxes. You will however be paying a 7.5% sales tax instead of 7.25%. This increase would last 4 years. Those making $300,000- $500,000 would see an increase of 1%. Those making $500,000- $1,000,000 would see an increase of 2%. Those making more than $1,000,001 would see an increase of 3%. These increases would last 7 years.
Most teachers are in favor of of either Prop 30, or at least Prop 38, because if Prop 30 fails there will be an automatic $5.4 billion cut from education. By incorporating these ‘trigger cuts’ the Governor has effectively manipulated the voting base to his potential favor. So essentially we’re going to be paying more taxes to keep things the same, to keep these cuts from happening. Something tells me there’s more to this than meets the eye, for that reason my recommendation is a NO on 30.
Proposition 31: Where to begin, well it creates a two-year budget cycle. Presumably to avoid it every other year, especially with more and more calls to not pay congress should they be unable to balance a budget on time. It prohibits the legislature from creating expenditures over $25 million without those expenditures being offset. It also gives the Governor supreme power over the budget should the legislature fail to balance it. It too would amend the state’s constitution. They attempt to put up a smoke screen by throwing in ‘performance reviews’ of state and local programs and allocating more money locally. Even so, it gives the who ever is the governor, too much power and allows the legislature to do less work. NO on 31.
Proposition 32: This one was a little confusing but after reading it through it’s pretty clear. This would ban labor unions and individual corporations from deducting money from employees paychecks to be used for political purposes. Super PAC’s are exempt. The shady groups with no accountability and allow cowards who want to hide in the shadows influence our elections, are exempt. This also meant to be a first step in dismantling unions here in CA. As much as I don’t like interest groups, I have to recommend a NO on 32. An oligarchy is much, much worse.
Proposition 33: There are parts of this that sound really good. It changes the current law so that auto- insurance companies could give drivers discounts if they can prove they’ve had insurance for the previous 5 years. ‘Loyalty discounts’ as they are called. Here’s the kicker, it allows insurance companies to raise your rates if you’ve had a lapse in coverage for 90 days unless due to military service or unemployment. I guess if you don’t plan on missing any payments this is great but for those of us hit hard by the economy and those who know what’s coming, this could come back to bite you. A soft No on 33.
Proposition 34: This one would end the death penalty. This really isn’t the place to go on a rant about the subject, so I’ll just give a succinct HELL NO on 34.
Proposition 35: This would increase punishments for those convicted of human trafficking as well as require them to register as sex offenders. This would include ‘pimps’. Finally, something worth your vote. Yes on 35.
Hopefully this helped you out, no matter you end up voting on them. Propositions 36- 40 coming very soon.