Ballot Measure Recommendations by Lawrence Samuels
Chair, Libertarian Party of Monterey County
NO, NO, NO on PROP. 30—Increased Sales Tax and Personal Income Tax that goes into the general fund, not education per se. (California is one of the highest taxed states—CA has the highest state sales tax rate in the nation, highest gas tax, second worst state income tax, highest corporate income tax rate west of the Mississippi, 15th highest in per capita property taxes.) See Richard Riders’ “Breaking Bad” at http://sdrostra.com/?p=30181
NO on PROP. 31—State Budget “Reform” Initiative. (This law just makes California governance more Byzantine and burdensome. It would increase administrative burdens at all levels of local government, and increase the power and influence of Sacramento at the local level.)
YES on PROP. 32—Prohibit Payroll Deductions for Political Contributions by Corporations and Labor Unions. (An attempt to take special interests out of elections. This proposition would give union members more control over their paychecks).
YES on PROP. 33—Allows Auto Insurance Companies to Set Prices Based on Driver’s History. (This will reward responsible drivers, but a part of the measure might help raise rates on drivers who have lapses in their insurance coverage).
YES on PROP. 34—Repeal Death Penalty. (Too expensive to put criminals on the death row—billions spent on a handful of them in the last few decades. Also, dangerous for the government to use capital punishment.)
NO POSITION on PROP. 35—Increase Penalties for Human Trafficking. (This measure broadens the definition of trafficking and might hurt people who are voluntarily in the sex trade).
YES on PROP. 36— Modifies Three Strikes Law Sentencing for Repeat Offenders—(Currently, a felon with two previous convictions for serious/violent offenses can be imprisoned for life if convicted of a minor third offense–for instance, a drug arrest.)
NO on PROP. 37—Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling. (Put on the ballot by attorneys to increase litigation and make more money. Inevitably means higher costs for consumer, more bureaucracy. Regulations should come from tort-based judicial cases where a real victim is involved.
NO on PROP. 38—Personal Tax Increase for Local Schools—Pay More and Get Less. (Increases Personal Income Taxes on anyone earning over $7,316 a year. Regressive, hurts the poor. Money is dedicated to education. But CA public school teachers are the highest paid in the nation. And CA students rank 48th in math achievement, 49th in reading. Would more money help?)
NO on PROP. 39—Multi-State Business Tax and Clean Energy Initiative. (Will increase taxes on CA businesses. Why not tax businesses out of business. Who needs a job anyway?)
YES on PROP. 40—Senate Redistricting Referendum. (Democrats covertly took control of the Redistricting Committee Commission and cheated on redistricting the state senate districts. If the new districts are rejected (If a Yes vote wins), the State Senate district boundary lines will be adjusted by officials supervised by the California Supreme Court.)