California Elections, Propositions Recommendations
From: Freedom Socialist Party, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles,
- Proposition 31: State Budget Restrictions—Vote NO
This complex constitutional amendment would require “performance review” of all state programs, budget cuts to balance all new expenditures and give the governor power to make unilateral cuts in times of a “fiscal emergency.”
- Proposition 32: Limits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction—Vote NO
This measure pretends to get big money out of politics, but exempts big business and their PACs. The real targets are public and private sector unions who would be forbidden to use members’ dues for any political purpose without express, yearly, written permission from individual members. It’s an attack on labor’s ability to fight for working-class issues.
- Proposition 33: Car Insurance Increases based on Prior History—Vote NO
This is another attempt by the insurance industry, particularly the CEO of Mercury Insurance, to raise premiums on those who have not had continuous coverage for five consecutive years. The first to pay will be the poor, students and immigrants.
- Proposition 34: Replace the Death Penalty with Life Without Parole—Vote YES
This would rid California of the death penalty, a legacy of slavery. Despite the many things wrong with this initiative—mandatory life without parole, and mandated work for those convicted of murder—this is a step forward to end a practice that kills mostly the poor and people of color.
- Proposition 35: Increases the Penalties for Human Trafficking—Vote NO
As socialist feminists, we abhor human trafficking of laborers and sex workers. However, this initiative statute poses a threat to civil liberties, has an overly-broad net that could impact any sex worker—trafficked or not—and duplicates current laws while doing little for victims.
- Proposition 36: Revises the Three Strikes Law—Vote YES
The original law mandates life in prison for anyone convicted of three felonies. This initiative statute would reduce the life sentence in a limited number of cases. A better option would be to strike down the entire law because it disproportionally affects the poor and people of color.
- Proposition 37: Labeling Genetically Engineered Food—Vote YES
This initiative statute is a step in the right direction in providing consumers information about food purchases, although it contains many exceptions.
- Proposition 38: Income Tax Increase to Fund Education—Vote NO
Like Proposition 30, this is aimed at increasing funding for California’s impoverished education system but, this measure increases taxes on all income earners—including the overburdened poor and working class— instead of targeting the rich and corporations.
- Proposition 39: Multi-state Business Taxes—Vote YES
This initiative statute closes a loophole used by businesses that operate outside California, and adds $1billion to state revenues while establishing a Clean Energy Job Creation Fund.