Friday, November 2, 2012

Knowledge is Power - especially during ELECTIONS

Ready to cast your vote? Like most Americans, I look forward to casting mine, but haven't always done the necessary research. Sure you'll hear the cool ads about how voting is important, but  knowing why you voted a certain way is what is truly important. In an attempt to help Californians understand, check out the very simple propositions breakdown below.
Disclaimer: no sides are chosen on either proposition and these propositions pertain to California only though hoping to inspire every voter across the nation to do their homework this weekend in preparation for Tuesday's election!
California Propositions Nov 2012
California’s proposition 30 is backed by Governor Jerry Brown to fund education. It would implement a sales tax increase of 0.25% for four years and personal income taxes would increase for high income earners for the next seven years to pay for it. If Proposition 30 does not pass, there will be $6 billion in education cuts for the year 2013. Proposition 38 is a competing measure, supported by Molly Munger, with an alternative plan to fund the $6 billion dollars, which includes a sales-tax increase (see below). If both propositions meet the threshold for passage, whichever gets the most votes would become law.
Proposition 31 is perhaps the most complex measure on the ballot. It would create a two-year budget term, give the governor executive authority to cut the budget during times of “fiscal crises,” and it would prohibit the legislature from increasing spending by more than $25 million without complimentary cuts in the budget. It also includes provisions to give local governments authority to use their own procedures to administer state programs.
Proposition 32 bans corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates. It also prohibits contributions by government contractors to politicians who award them contracts. It does not ban these contributions if they are made to political parties instead of directly to the candidates.
Proposition 33 would permit auto insurance companies to use a driver’s history with other insurance companies to set individual customers’ rates.
Proposition 34 would end the death penalty in California and replaces the sentences of inmates on death row with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The proposition would require prisoners found guilty of murder to work in prison to pay off their restitution. Proposition 34 would apply retroactively, meaning those currently on death row would be given life sentences instead.
Proposition 35, another corrections measure, would increase sentencing terms for those that commit labor and sex trafficking offenses. Convicted offenders would be required to register as sex offenders and would have their online activities monitored.
Yet another prison reform, Proposition 36 would change California’s current Three Strikes law so that it only applies to “serious or violent” convictions. The proposition would provide for the re-sentencing of those already serving life under the current Three Strikes law if the third strike was not serious or violent. Convictions for rape, murder, and child molestation are all considered serious or violent crimes.
Proposition 37 would require genetically modified food producers to label their products if made with plants or animals containing modified genetic material commonly known as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). It would also prevent GMO food products from using “natural” in the labeling of their products.
Proposition 38 is a competing measure with Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30. The measure is being financed primarily by Molly Munger. Proposition 38 would create a 12 year sliding-scale income tax increase, creating $10 billion dollars in additional state revenues. These funds are to be used to pay for education and pay off state debts.
Proposition 39 would repeal the tax exemption for California companies for out-of-state property and payroll. It would also tighten the way California business taxes are calculated. It is estimated that the state would receive $550 million in additional revenue each year and that these funds would go toward clean energy jobs.
California Proposition 40: Redistricting State Senate Districts
The purpose of Proposition 40 was to overturn the state’s 2010 non-partisan redistricting plan. However, the Supreme Court already ruled on the matter and upheld the lines. Therefore, even if Proposition 40 passes, the lines will remain the same. In other words, Proposition 40 is no longer at issue.

And there you have it! Hope you're feeling more informed and inspired to continue to research any issues that you remain unclear on. Please feel free to share your input on the upcoming election in the comments section below. Who knows we may spark a debate of our own at!

1 comment:

  1. I'm also excited about casting my vote too. But research is definitely key to the right choice. I'm glad someone, like you, took the time to enlighten us before that vote.


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