Election 2012: California voters to decide on 11 propositions
TAHOE/TRUCKEE – Eleven propositions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot cover a broad range of political territory, with issues ranging from tax increases to school funding and public safety realignment, labeling of genetically engineered food products, a repeal of the death penalty and limitations of influence from unions and corporations on the election process.
The following is a list of the propositions and their impact if approved:
Proposition 30 – If approved, the proposition would increase taxes on annual earnings more than $250,000 for seven years and sales taxes by a quarter of a cent to fund schools, public safety realignment, while providing new revenue to balance the state budget.
Proposition 31 – The proposition would establish a two-year state budget while creating rules from new expenditures and Governor-led budget cuts in times of fiscal emergency. The proposition would further require performance reviews of all state programs and provides local government more latitude in the application of state-funded programs.
Proposition 32 – The proposition seeks to prevent unions from using their payroll-deducted funds for political purposes while applying the same prohibitions to corporations and/or government contractors. The law would further prohibit union and corporate contributions to candidates for political office and their committees.
Proposition 33 – If approved, the proposition would alter current law to allow insurance companies to establish prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance.
Proposition 34 – The ballot initiative seeks to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The law would apply retroactively to existing death sentences.
Proposition 35 – Approval would mean the increase of prison sentences and fines for individuals convicted of human trafficking. It would also require those convicted of the crime to be registered as sex offenders.
Proposition 36 – The initiative would revise the “three strike law” in California so that it would impose a life sentence only when the new felony conviction is serious or violent.
Proposition 37 – If approved, the proposition would require food and agricultural companies to label products sold to consumers made from plants and/or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. It further prohibits marketing such food as “natural.”
Proposition 38 – The proposition seeks to tax earnings using a sliding scale for twelve years. The revenues collected would go directly to K-12 public schools, bypassing state coffers and early childhood programs. The money collected would also be used to pay down state budget deficits.
Proposition 39 – The ballot initiative, if approved, requires multi-state businesses to pay income taxes based on the percentage of their sales in California. The revenues collected would be allocated to clean/efficient energy projects.
Proposition 40 – A “Yes” vote approves newly State Senate districts recently redrawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. A “No” vote would require the districts to be revised by officials supervised by the California Supreme Court.
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