Prop. 19 – Marijuana Legalization – YES
Marijuana prohibition is an obvious failure. Passing this Proposition would be a major step toward defunding gangs and getting destructive marijuana growing operations out of wild lands and into the agricultural areas where they belong.
Prop. 20 – Congressional Redistricting – YES
We don’t know how good the new Citizen Redistricting Commission is going to be at drawing district boundaries, but we do know they’ll have a hard time doing a worse job than the State Legislature.
Prop. 21 – Vehicle License Surcharge for State Parks – YES
Is a regressive fee the best way to fund our parks? No … but it may be the only way available.
Prop. 22 – Protection of Local, Transportation, and Redevelopment Funds – NO
Is raiding local funds a good way to balance the state budget? No … but protecting certain budget categories from cuts in times of low revenue simply means that deeper cuts will be made in other equally or more important areas.
Prop. 23 – Suspension of Greenhouse Gas Emission Laws – NO
They’re kidding, right?
Prop. 24 – Repeal Recent Corporate Tax Breaks – YES
Slipped through during budget negotiations, these tax breaks (which benefit only a select few companies) should never have been passed in the first place.
Prop. 25 – Majority Vote Budget – YES
In a democracy, a majority is all it takes to pass a budget. In California, we’ve allowed a minority to prevent passage of a budget for far too long. It isn’t working out. Time to try democracy.
Prop. 26 – Expand Two-Thirds Vote Requirement – NO
Like the two-thirds vote requirement for budgets? The oil and tobacco companies sponsoring this Proposition hope you’ll expand the requirement to cover levies and charges – making it easier for them to escape financial responsibility for the harm they cause.
Prop. 27 – Eliminate the State Redistricting Commission – NO
Give the State Legislature back the ability to draw their own districts? No thanks.