California Voter’s Guide: 2016 Presidential Election
I didn't have the time during the Midterm Elections to produce my election guide. I made it my mission to make sure I didn't miss out on this election cycle! So without further adieu, here's my take on the California Propositions.
California 2016 Voter’s Guide
Prop 51 – School Bonds. Funding for K–12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statute
These school bond propositions are a dime and dozen. Every election cycle we see these bonds and they usually pass. This bond adds another $9 billion in expenses plus $8.6 billion in interest! We should be auditing the school system to trace the money already poured into our schools. We need to see the results of the spending before authorizing more money!
Vote No on Prop 51
Prop 52 – Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
There already is a statute that imposes a fee on private hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services. This prop makes sure the fee will not expire in 2018. I have my qualms about it from an oversight perspective, but supposedly this prop gives power to the voter to prevent the Legislature from misappropriating the funds collected by the fee. Let’s hope so.
Vote Yes on Prop 52
Prop 53 – Revenue Bonds. Statewide Voter Approval. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
This prop requires the State Legislature to seek voter approval before any bond exceeding $2 billion can be issued to projects owned, funded, or managed by the State.
Vote Yes on Prop 53
Prop 54 – Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
What goes on in the State Legislature? This proposition will require all proceedings to be recorded and posted on the internet. Any legislation would likewise be made available for viewing on the internet 72 hours before being voted on.
Vote Yes on Prop 54
Prop 55 – Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Proposition 55 will extend temporary taxes levied back in 2012 due to expire in 2018 for another 12 years. Guess what’s going to be on the ballot in 2028? Another extension to temporary taxes. Let’s stop it now. Temporary is temporary.
Vote No on Prop 55
Prop 56 – Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
I don’t smoke. I don’t condone smoking. This Prop is just like the school bond measures. These keep popping up in the name of funding children’s healthcare, funding anti-smoking campaigns, etc. There are at least 3 taxes on cigarettes already levied over the years for the same purpose. The State keeps coming back for more because there are fewer and fewer smokers to tax for revenue. This tax will only beget yet another tax in the next general election cycle.
Vote No on Prop 56
Prop 57 – Criminal Sentences. Parole. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.Penalties
This proposition supposedly allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons. What it immediately does if it goes into effect is release 16,000 criminals, and authorize early release of violent criminals. What a contradiction.
Vote No on Prop 57
Prop 58 – English Proficiency. Multilingual Education. Initiative Statute.
This prop aims to add bilingual programs or activities with the intention to make it “easier to learn English”. Why bother? Students are learning English well enough as it is.
Vote No on Prop 58
Prop 59 – Corporations. Political Spending. Federal Constitutional Protections. Legislative Advisory Question
Of all the propositions on the ballot, this one is the stupidest. A “yes” vote means We the People authorize the State Legislature to tell Congress to have a looksee to a court case regarding corporate spending during election cycles. That’s it. Just talk. Congress does not have to abide. My Goodness! Just print an editorial in The Los Angeles Times! This is dumb just like our Legislature.
Vote No on Prop 59
Prop 60 – Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. Initiative Statute
If you live near San the Fernando Valley and want to see the pornography industry leave your area and possibly the state altogether, you’ll definitely want to vote yes on this.
Vote Yes on Prop 60
Prop 61 – State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute.
Prop 61 gives the Bureaucrats power to pay a fixed “low” price. Big Pharmaceutical will respond by raising prices. Vote No on 61. Need a bigger push against Pro 61? Bernie Sanders wholeheartedly supports Prop 61!
Vote No on Prop 61
Prop 62 – Death Penalty. Initiative Statute.
Proposition 62 is one of two props dealing with the Death Penalty. We’re going to keep seeing this until the anti-capital punishment advocates get their way. Block them from removing an under-utilized system.
Vote No on Prop 62
Prop 63 – Firearms. Ammunition Sales. Initiative Statute.
The government couldn’t take away your guns. Their next big plan is just to take away your ammo. Don’t let the State violate the 2nd Amendment!
Vote No on Prop 63
Prop 64 – Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Marijuana is not addicting and therefore should be legalized? We spend too much on the War on Drugs? It hasn’t worked in Colorado and Washington. The Cartels don’t care if its legal or not, they’ll wage war against anyone that threatens their revenue stream. Keep illegal drugs illegal.
Vote No on Prop 64
Prop 65 – Carryout Bags. Charges. Initiative Statute
Every time I hear about a fee or charge (READ: Tax) for some sort of cause or program, I automatically vote no. This prop supposedly appropriates a fee for mandatory bag sales at grocery stores and retail outlets for “environmental causes”. This is just more money hoarding by the state. Vote no!!!
Vote No on Prop 65
Prop 66 – Death Penalty. Procedures. Initiative Statute.
Death Penalty Prop #2. This is a YES vote. This one imposes timelines on the appeals process. You know trial lawyers love stretching things out.
Vote Yes on Prop 66
Prop 67 – Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags. Referendum.
Proposition 67 approves a ban on single-use plastic bags handed out at the checkout aisle. Some areas like Los Angeles County already banned it. A “no” vote doesn’t affect those local ordinances. Just Vote No on this silly prop.
Vote No on Prop 67