California Ballot Propositions, November 2012

Posted by Sappho on September 17th, 2012 filed in California Ballot Propositions

It’s been a week since I posted, and I suppose I had better write something to reassure you guys that I’m still alive. Last week was tiring, between recovering from chemotherapy, and work, and my car being in the shop. I have some post ideas that may take some time, but in the meantime, let me start looking at the upcoming ballot propositions in small installments; it will help me figure out how to vote by the time the election comes. Here is the list:

Proposition 30 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding
Should the California Constitution be amended to (a) temporarily increase sales and personal income tax rates; (b) guarantee certain revenue transfers to local governments; and (c) eliminate state funding of certain mandates to local governments?

Proposition 31 State Budget. State and Local Government
Should the state constitution and law be amended to require government performance reviews and two-year budget cycles, to prohibit the Legislature from creating certain expenditures unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified, and to make changes in certain responsibilities of local governament, the Legislature and the Governor?

Proposition 32 Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates
Should unions, corporations, government contractors and state and local government employers be prohibited from using payroll-deducted funds, or in some instances their own funds, for political expenditures?

Proposition 33 Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver’s History of Insurance Coverage
Should automobile insurance companies be permitted to offer a discount to drivers who have continuously maintained their insurance coverage, even if they change their insurance company?

Proposition 34 Death Penalty
Should the death penalty be repealed and replaced with life imprisonment without possibility of parole when someone is convicted of murder with specified special circumstances?

Proposition 35 Human Trafficking. Penalties
Should the definition of human trafficking be expanded, penalties for traffickers be increased, convicted sexual traffickers be required to register as sex offenders, and additional training for law enforcement officers be required?

Proposition 36 Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties
Should California law be amended to provide that a life sentence should not be imposed for a third felony conviction unless the third conviction is for a serious or violent felony?

Proposition 37 Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling
Should labeling be required on foods containing genetically modified ingredients when such foods (whether raw or processed, plant or animal) are offered for sale to consumers in California?

Proposition 38 Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs
Should California’s personal income tax rates be increased during 2013-24 to provide funds for public schools, early childhood education programs, and state debt payments?

Proposition 39 Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding
Should the California tax code be changed to require multistate firms to pay income taxes based on a percentage of their sales in California, with roughly half of the resulting tax increase to be used to fund clean/efficient energy projects for five years?

Proposition 40 Redistricting. State Senate Districts
Should the current state Senate districts be retained?

Here are sources of information about the propositions:


California Voter Guide

Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies assembles lists of many organization’s endorsements on California ballot measures. It looks as if they haven’t done their chart yet for November, 2012, but here’s the page where it should show up within the next few weeks.

The Friends Committee on Legislation of California has recommendations on the November, 2012 ballot measures (they’ll be publishing their rationale for these recommendations soon).

Assembling this list and these links is as far as I’ve gotten in deciding how I’ll vote, so feel free to try to persuade me which ones I should vote yes or no on. At a glance, though, one vote is clear: I’m going to vote YES on Proposition 34, to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

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