Posted by: Ryan M. Vickers
propositions on the ballot this November for California
Legalizes Marijuana under California law, not Federally for adults over 21.
Reasons it’s a good – Taxes marijuana the same way alcohol is taxed. Generates billions of dollars for the state. Stops wasting money on failed prohibition.
Reasons it’s bad – Not much other than people worry about public safety.
Overall this would be a good thing for California to help generate a lot of revenue and create a lot of jobs which out state desperately needs both right now. Marijuana is much less harmful that alcohol, so I see no real reason not to support prop 19.
Redistricting of Congressional Districts
It takes the responsibility of determining the boundaries of our districts away from the House of Representatives and puts the power into a commission of citizens.
Reasons it’s good – Allows the drawing of fair districts. Move politicians out of office for not doing their job.
Reasons it’s bad – Gives a 14 person bureaucracy power. And will cost us money.
Overall this could be a good thing as the commission is made up evenly of republicans, democrats, and independents. Allowing for a more fair drawing on district lines.
$18 surcharge added to vehicle licenses to help fund state parks and wildlife programs.
Reasons it’s good – Our parks and beaches are not in good shape and could use the money to help maintain them and keep them up and running.
Reasons it’s bad – Some are leery that the money won’t be used for the parks and will be diverted elsewhere.
Overall if the money is used properly, which supposedly it will be. This is a great program to help our state parks and beaches especially in a time where a lot that funding has been cut.
Prohibits the state from borrowing or taking funds used for Transportation, Redevelopment, or Local Government Projects.
Reasons it’s good – Stops politicians from taking local government funds. It’s supported by Fire Chiefs and Police Chiefs.
Reasons it’s bad – Public schools stand to lose billions of dollars. Takes money from firefighters while protecting redevelopment agencies.
This is a proposition that sounds good but once you dig deeper, you find out it’s not. It takes money from schools, health care, and fire districts. Overall this is a bad proposition that will really affect areas that are already in trouble.
Suspends the implementation of Air Pollution Control Law until unemployment drops below 5.5%.
Reasons it’s good – While the state is in crisis, this will not increase the taxes that this Law will implement. Supposedly, jobs are at stake because small businesses will feel the taxes and layoff workers.
Reasons it’s bad – We voted this law in to help us prevent global warming and emissions, and we will be delaying a Law that took us a long time to vote in. Also, it will hurt clean energy companies.
They make this prop sound like it’s bad and will hurt California. We already voted this into Law and we should follow through. This proposition helps clean energy companies and they create more jobs and already employ hundreds of thousands.
Repeals legislation allowing businesses to lower their tax liability.
Reasons it’s good – Stops tax breaks for corporations.
Reasons it’s bad – Doesn’t guarentee any money for our classrooms and also hurts job creation. Will hit small businesses and send jobs out of California.
Right now in the current bad state that California is in, we need our businesses to stay here and create jobs. I would say we need to allow businesses these tax cuts for now to help our state job market.
Changes Legislative vote requirement to pass budget and budget related legislative from 2/3 to simple majority. Retains 2/3 vote requirement on taxes.
Reasons it’s good – Will help our state get a budget in time. Also when a budget is not on time, the legislators will not get paid on all the days that they delay the budget.
Reasons it’s bad – Will make it easier for politicians to raise taxes by putting them in the budget which will only need a majority vote now instead of 2/3.
Have yet to figure out which way to vote on this one.
Requires that Certain State and Local Fees be approved by 2/3 vote.
Reasons it’s good – Will stop allowing politicians to raise taxes by hiding them labeling them as fees.
Reasons it’s bad –
Currently fees can be raised without 2/3 votes. This will change that and hold politicians more accountable.
Eliminates the commission that we created in 2008 to determine congressional districts.
Reasons it’s good – Will possibly reduce state costs.
Reasons it’s bad – Will dismantle the commission we created.
Vote no on 27 to put the power of districts in the citizens hands and not the Legislature.
Ryan M. Vickers