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2012 Propositions - How I Am Voting

There are 11 propositions on the ballot for November (2012). Here is how I will be voting along with a short comment as to why.

  • Proposition 30 -- No
    Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

    We do not need to be taxed any more!!! As one of the arguments against this proposition states, "We already have the 2nd highest state income tax rate, as well as THE highest state sales tax rate." Businesses are already failing or moving out of state. We don't need to push them even harder.

  • Proposition 31 -- No
    State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

    There are a lot of things that sound good in this proposition. However, I am very concerned about the reach of this proposition. It not only changes the rules at the state level, but also at the local level as well.

  • Proposition 32 -- Yes
    Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.

    I am supporting this for one reason. No one should have the right to take money out of my paycheck for political purposes unless I say it is okay. It is that simple!

  • Proposition 33 -- Yes
    Auto Insurance Companies. Prices based on Driver's History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute.

    Competition in business is always a good thing for the consumer.

  • Proposition 34 -- No
    Death Penalty. Initiative Statute

    I support the death penalty. However, in California, those who oppose the death penalty have already ensured that it will rarely, if ever, happen. The fact that there has only been 13 executions in the last 46 years is proof of that.

  • Proposition 35 -- Yes
    Human Trafficking. Penalties. Initiative Statute.

    We need to get tougher on those who commit these types of crimes.

  • Proposition 36 -- No
    Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties. Initiative Statute.

    We do not need to weaken the Three Strikes Law. It is serving us well!!!

  • Proposition 37 -- No
    Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute.

    I am opposing this primarily due to Section 110809.4. Enforcement which opens the door to numerous lawsuits because of incorrect labeling especially when the benefit from that labeling requirement is minimal.

  • Proposition 38 -- No
    Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.

    We do not need to be taxed any more!!!

  • Proposition 39 -- No
    Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute.

    This is a transfer of wealth from successful businesses to fund clean energy. The loss to the successful businesses will result in people losing their jobs. We need to focus on creating jobs, not becoming number 1 in the nation in terms of unemployment!

  • Proposition 40 -- Yes
    Redistricting. State Senate Districts. Referendum.

    As Julie Vandermost, the official sponsor of the proposition, states, "This measure is not needed and we are no longer asking for a NO vote." I'm curious to see how many still vote No.

How I will vote ...

I normally try to study the candidates and issues before voting. I'll have to admit though that I haven't been as diligent this year, especially for the primary election earlier this year.

I do know how I will be voting for a couple of the major offices for California and all of the propositions that will appear on the ballot this November. For those offices that I haven't made a decision on, especially the lesser offices, I will generally vote for the republican candidate. I have, on occasion, voted for the libertarian candidate. (I voted for the libertarian candidate for Governor in 2006. I knew then as most everyone knows now that Arnold was NOT the best candidate for the job!)

Governor -- Meg Whitman
I don't agree with some of her positions, especially on some social issues. I very much like her ability to "run a corporation" which is sorely needed in this State. I also like the fact that she is not a "career politician" although that is not always a plus as Governor Schwarzenegger has demonstrated.

Senator -- Carly Fiorina
I don't agree with some of her positions but contrasting here with Barbara Boxer is virtually night and day. I do like her ability to run a corporation even though she was not as successful as Meg Whitman.

Proposition 19 -- Marijuana Legalization -- YES
I will take a lot a flack on this from a lot of people. A lot of money and lives have been wasted on the "war on drugs". We need to learn from our past where it was clearly demonstrated that trying to prohibit something that many want just moves its distribution underground. (Anyone remember the prohibition era? It fostered tremendous growth in criminal activity as related to the distribution of alcohol.)

Proposition 20 -- Redistricting -- YES
Redrawing district boundaries should not be done by the politicians who benefit from the way the boundaries are drawn!

Proposition 21 -- Vehicle License Surcharge -- NO
Do we really want to give the State another way to take more of our money? Free admission to State Parks is appealing, but the majority of people in this State do not visit State Parks. I believe that is exactly what the legislature is banking on.

Proposition 22 -- Local Funds -- YES
Preventing the State from "raiding" the funds of local agencies or those set aside for transportation is a good thing.

Proposition 23 -- Suspend AB32 -- YES
AB32, the Air Pollution Control law, is costing us jobs in this State. We need this suspended and eventually repealed.

Proposition 24 -- Business Taxes -- NO
Businesses in this State are struggling. We don't need the State taking more of "their" precious income.

Proposition 25 -- Two-Thirds State Budget -- NO
Eliminating the two-thirds vote requirement for passing the State Budget opens the door for the State Legislature to pass budgets that include various methods of taking more of our money with a simple majority vote. The State needs to learn to "live within it's means" like you and I have to. Keeping the two-thirds vote requirement helps that happen.

Proposition 26 -- Two-Thirds State Fees -- YES
Implements a two-thirds vote requirement for fees and other surcharge increases in order for them to be passed by the State Legislature. Let's make it known to the State Legislature that they must "live within their means".

Proposition 27 -- Redistricting -- NO
Why would we eliminate the independent commission we asked to be created when we passed Proposition 11 in 2008? We need redistricting to be independent!