November 2, 2010 Statewide General Election
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS RECOMMENDS...
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OPPOSE Proposition 20: Redistricting of Congressional Districts
OPPOSE Proposition 23: Suspends Clean Energy and Air Pollution Standards
SUPPORT Proposition 24: Tax Fairness Act
Proposition 24 would repeal the corporate tax cuts that were passed in closed-door budget deals of 2008-09. These tax breaks cost approximately $1.3 billion in revenue to the state, while benefiting only two percent of California's businesses. There is no requirement that they actually result in the creation of private-sector jobs. Proposition 24 will make big multi-state corporations pay their fair share and put $1.3 billion back into the treasury to help our schools, health care, and other essential services that have suffered severe budget cuts in recent years. The League supports repealing these tax cuts because this budget crisis cannot be solved by expenditure cuts alone, let alone expenditure cuts combined with tax cuts with no demonstrated value to the economy.
SUPPORT Proposition 25: Simple Majority Vote for Budget
The LWVC supports this measure, which would change the vote required for the Legislature to pass a budget from the current two-thirds to a simple majority. Majority rule is a fundamental part of democracy. The majority should set priorities for spending and take responsibility for them. This measure will change the negotiations over the budget and reduce the stranglehold the minority now exercises over the process. Under Proposition 25, legislators will forfeit salary if they fail to meet the deadline for passing a budget. Budgets that are late and full of gimmicks harm all Californians, damage our economy, and hurt the state’s credit rating.
OPPOSE Proposition 26: "Polluter Protection"
Proposition 26 would redefine regulatory fees imposed on companies for harm done to the environment or public health as taxes. Since taxes, unlike fees, require a two-thirds vote for approval, it would be much harder for state and local governments to seek such payments from those making harmful products or creating public nuisances. The likely result is that the fiscal burden of the harm to the environment or public health will fall on the public rather than the businesses involved. The League opposes Proposition 26 because we believe that decisions on all revenue measures should be made by a simple majority vote.
STRONG OPPOSE Proposition 27: Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting
This measure would kill the major redistricting reform voters just approved in 2008 and return the authority for redistricting to the backrooms of the Legislature. Proposition 27 would allow politicians to draw their own districts to protect their jobs. It would take us back to the days when bizarrely shaped districts were drawn in secret, carving up neighborhoods and communities to keep incumbents safely in office. Vote NO to keep the power with voters and the voter-approved independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
No Recommendation on the Other Measures on this Ballot
REMOVED FROM THE BALLOT Proposition 18: Water Bond Measure
NO POSITION Proposition 19: Legalize and Regulate Marijuana
NEUTRAL Proposition 21: $18 Vehicle License Fee for State Parks and Wildlife Programs
NEUTRAL Proposition 22: State Government Prohibited from Taking Local Funds
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