California and some other states have systems where law can be instituted via citizen voter initiatives. This has been a two-edged sword. On one hand, the public is empowered to bypass an unresponsive government and write its own laws, which are to be implemented with the full power of all government branches (Prop. 13 comes to mind). On the other hand, these propositions are sometimes poorly worded, mischaracterized by both sides and/or influenced/deflected by obstinate government officials and NGO campaigns (Prop. 187, Prop. 8).
This discussion is intended to cover upcoming, proposed and already voted upon ballot propositions, or "ballot measures" and "voter initiatives," as they are sometimes referred to, with respect to their validity, legitimacy, workability, advocates and opposition, effect on the state and more. With some key measures coming up in Novembe, this should be interesting.
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CA November 2012 Ballot Propositions
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Various Ballot Proposition RecommendationsLaCanada Republicans Advice
There is some disagreement in the Conservative/Tea Party community over 32 and 37
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Analysis of Prop 32 by Mike Judge, Simi City Councilman:
by Stephen Frank on 09/06/2012
We now know that Prop. 31 is about the financing of San Fran, Oakland, Frsno, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego at the expense of the rest of the State. But it has unified Californians, from the League of Women Voters to California Republican Assembly, in support of local government.
“Prop. 31 is apparently intended for large public works projects such as the California Bullet Train. Under Prop. 31, taxes could be pooled regionally to help fund large public works projects. Under Prop. 31, environmental regulations and clearances could be drastically reduced or circumvented to overcome delays, lawsuits, and obstructionism. But Prop. 31 could also be used for smaller local projects or the bailouts of insolvent cities or school districts.
Under the tax-sharing provisions of Prop. 31, suburbs could be coerced to “voluntarily” share a portion of their state road, school, and vehicle license tag revenues or forfeit them. Unelected regional committees called Strategic Area Plans could divert the shared or forfeited taxes to plug budget and pension deficits in big cities and big school districts.”
Prop. 32 end representative government. Period. It creates unelected bodies using tax dollars to spend as they want, without the repercussion of elections. City Councils will be for ribbon cuttings and little more.
CRA 2012 Proposition Recommendations
|Proposition #||CRAPosition||Type of Measure||Subject|
|30||No||Constitutional Amendment||Tax Hike (Jerry Brown)|
|31||No||Constitutional Amendment & Statute||Two-Year Budget Cycle & Related Governance Changes (California Forward)|
|32||Yes||Statute||Mandatory Public-Sector Union Dues: Prohibition "Stop Special Interest Money Now"|
|33||Neutral||Statute||Auto Insurance Price Setting: Driver Coverage History|
|34||No||Statute||Repeal Death Penalty|
|35||Yes||Statute||Human Trafficking: "Californians for Sexual Exploitation Act"|
|36||No||Statute||"Three Strikes" Dilution|
|37||No||Statute||Genetically-Engineered Foods: Mandatory Labeling|
|38||No||Statute||Income Tax Hike: Education (Molly Munger)|
|39||No||Statute||Taxes on Multi-State Businesses: Single Sales Factor|
|40||No||Referendum||Overturn Citizens Redistricting Commission State Senate Plan (A "No" vote is a vote to overturn the plan.)|