Archive » October 12, 2006
By Timothy Lennon Buckley
Election day is Tuesday, November 7th, which means it is time, dear friends, to watch your wallets; political pickpockets are roaming your district. This issue, we’ll cover the statewide issues, propositions, and bond proposals; next issue we’ll discuss local, county, state, and federal officeholders.
We Are In Favor Of:
YES - Proposition 1A – Transportation Funding Protection Legislative Constitutional Amendment. This ensures that gasoline taxes be used strictly for transportation issues. The best argument in favor of this is that Jackie Goldberg is opposed to it.
YES - Proposition 90 – Government Acquisition, Regulation Of Private Property. This is flawed and could become problematic for some zoning regulators and community planners, but it’s a good start towards reversing a trend that has eroded private property rights over the past forty years.
Appalled By and Against:
NO - Proposition 1B – Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond. This $40-billion boondoggle will purportedly reduce congestion, increase highway, roads, and transit capacity, improve local rail and transit services, improve movement of goods, reduce emissions, even retrofit and replace school buses. We’re surprised it doesn’t promise to cure acne too.
NO - Proposition 1C – Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act. $6.1 billion. One-half of this money will go to existing programs. It’s like using a credit card to make the minimum payment on another card.
NO - Proposition 1D – Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006. $20.3 billion! More money that doesn’t need to be spent. Open schools to year-round education and save the money.
NO – Proposition 1E – Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006. $8 billion. State flood management programs have historically been funded from the General Fund. Let’s keep it that way.
NO - Proposition 83 – Jessica’s Law. I am sympathetic to the cause, but this proposition stinks of pork and double jeopardy. Tracking by GPS is a great idea in theory, but untenable in practice. If we made prison a place to dread and ensured that each offender served a full sentence, there would be less recidivism. A better proposition would be to allow the public to know where a sex offender lives and what crime he was convicted of.
NO – Proposition 84 – Water Quality, Safety, and Supply, Flood Control, Natural Resource Protection, Park Improvements. Another $10.5 billion? What do our taxes go for?
YES/NO - Mixed on Proposition 85 – Parental Notification Constitutional Amendment. Everyone else here votes YES, but I say NO. According to the proposition, “the pregnant minor could ask a juvenile court to waive the notification requirements. A court could do so if it finds that the minor is sufficiently mature and well-informed to decide whether to have an abortion or that notification would not be in the minor’s best interest.” My guess is that every time an abortion clinic asked “the pregnant minor” if she wants to seek a waiver, she would likely say ‘yes.’ Allowing a judge to determine whether the girl is “mature” would likely result in “the minor” receiving the waiver. This huge loophole would lead to even more court congestion. The proposition should be simple: if you have an abortion and are under the legal age, your parents should be notified.
NO - Proposition 86 – Tax on Cigarettes. Hey, here comes the gravy train; all aboard! Actually, this high-cholesterol bond will add a 13-cent pork-flavored tax on each cigarette ($2.60 a pack). Not only is the tax going to hurt California cigarette sales it will mainly hurt low-income smokers. Proponents claim the tax would prevent more than 700,000 kids from smoking and force more than half-a-million smokers to quit. Well, maybe, but such an outcome would cut into the expected bonanza that is to go towards everything from breast cancer research to children’s health coverage to hospital emergency and trauma care (which will receive the lion’s share of revenue). Must be a lot of people injuring themselves with cigarettes on Saturday night.
NO – Proposition 87 – Alternative Energy Research, Production, Incentives, Tax on California Oil Producers. Do we really want to become more dependent on foreign oil by discouraging U.S. production? We’d be in favor of a new tax that would support drilling in Alaska and off our coast while funding alternative sources of energy, but this proposition does none of that.
NO – Proposition 88 – Education Funding, Real Property Parcel Tax. This is another attack on Prop 13. This tax promises to raise $450 million to “provide textbooks and other learning materials, so teachers don’t have to pay for these fundamental necessities out of their own pockets.” How did we get to a point where government can’t even purchase textbooks with ordinary tax revenue?
NO – Proposition 89 – Political Campaigns, Public Financing, Corporate Tax Increase, Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Limits. Another attempt to squelch free speech and get taxpayers to pay for politicians’ campaigns.
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