my voting guide for propositions in California’s 2012 election

http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/

30. YES to increase sales and income tax (supposedly progressively) for educational funding. California’s budget is so crippled by years of stupid propositions that I will vote up almost anything that increases taxes.

31. NO to this confused mess of state budget rule changes. The proposal to stop “gut and amend” by requiring that the full text of a proposed bill that has been approved by subcommittees be frozen to major changes is interesting, but the rest is a grab bag of land mines.

32. NO to reducing the paid political speech abilities of unions while leaving plenty of loopholes for corporations. Prop 32 is brought to you by everyone’s favorite shadowy billionaire douchebags, the Koch brothers.

33. NO on this insurance-company-backed proposition, which would permit rate hikes for people without a history of car insurance coverage. For example: people who didn’t have cars for a long period.

34. YES to stop the death penalty. Has some budget consequences I don’t understand – can anyone clarify?

35. NO to attaching the nebulous “human trafficking” label to a wide variety of crimes for no reason. The continued expansion of what is considered a “sex offense” is bad enough. Would also cost millions of dollars allocated to “human trafficking” which would probably come out of other law enforcement budget allocations.

36. YES to revise the Three Strikes law to focus on violent crimes only. Would let a lot of nonviolent offenders out of prison. Projected savings in the high tens of millions.

37. YES to require GMO products to be labeled. Some cost, not funded, but since Big Agritech is virulently opposed to 37, I’m all for it.

38. YES to a second income tax increase to fund education.

39. YES on a large tax increase on multistate corporations doing business in California. This would force them to pay their fair share instead of using a loophole specific to multistate businesses that lets them evade most CA corporate taxes.

40. YES to keep the Citizens Redistricting Commission-delineated districts as they apply to the state senate. Court action mandated that anyway, so the Commission lines are safe, but vote YES just to give an extra F U to the California Republican Party’s gerrymandering attempt.

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