Proposition 1 - Water Bond - NO
In this drought stricken year, who could vote against water bonds? Well, I can, because the taxpayers get stuck with the long term bill for Big Government projects that won't deliver much more water. The Libertarian Party argument is:
Water projects are best managed and financed by local water boards, rather than writing grants to state bureaucrats trying to secure expensive bond monies.
Proposition 2 - Budget Stabilization - NO
Proposition 2 would require 3% of state General Fund revenue be deposited in a “rainy day”
fund, and allows up to 10% of revenue be deposited in this account. The measure would
allow the rainy day funds to be spent only in the event of a drop in annual revenue below
the preceding year, adjusted for population and inflation, or in a declared emergency. This seems like a reasonable idea; but I don't like the way that the measure controls how local districts manage their funds. Under this law local school districts are limited in how much they can put away in a rainy day fund themselves. In general, more local control is better for liberty.
Proposition 45 - Healthcare Insurance - NO
This measure is designed to continue to make California an unfriendly business climate, in this case for insurers. I didn't have to research arguments from liberty friendly groups to know this is a loser.
• Requires changes to health insurance rates, or anything else affecting the charges associated with health insurance, to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect.
• Provides for public notice, disclosure, and hearing on health insurance rate changes, and subsequent judicial review.
• Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes.
• Does not apply to employer large group health plans.
• Prohibits health, auto, and homeowners insurers from determining policy eligibility or rates based on lack of prior coverage or credit history.
So vote no to prevent even more bureaucracy and those same bureaucrats from mucking with your healthcare insurance, even more than they do so already.
Proposition 46 - Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors - NO
Even more intrusive than Proposition 45; how is it the right of the state to commit law-abiding citizens performing their jobs to submit to intrusive monitoring? It is not. Further, it requires doctors to check state databases before prescribing you certain types of medication. There would never be any identity confusion or stealing of information from government run databases that track your prescriptions, would there? Vote no against this madness.
Proposition 47 - Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. - YES
Here is where I am breaking with some in the Tea Party movement. I think it worthwhile to post the summary of the initiative as it is little known:
• Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses.I am against three-strike laws and mandatory minimums, because too many travesties of justice have resulted. This proposition is a good start in reversing a stupid judicial trend. It also eliminates some felony categories for mere possession of drugs for personal use. Restoring some reason to sentencing is worthy goal.
• Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for the following crimes when amount involved is $950 or less: petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks.
• Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder, or child molestation or is registered sex offender.
• Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk.
• Applies savings to mental health and drug treatment programs, K–12 schools, and crime victims.
Proposition 48 - Indian Gaming Compacts. - Don't Care
Some Indian tribe would be helped, another hurt by this lawsuit over gaming in the Central Valley near Madera. There will be federal court cases no matter how this turns out. It seems unreasonable that some tribes get casinos through this process but others don't, but a vote either way on this measure won't solve the process problems. UPDATE: My oldest, who works in the hospitality industry says that we should always vote for more casinos. I am still not convinced.
That's all on the propositions. I am voting for Republicans across the board for all other offices on my ballot, because the Democrats in this state have allied themselves with evil interests.
I am voting for Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction based on the California Teacher's Association endorsement of his opponent. From a HuffPo article on the race:
School reform groups have argued that strict work rules and powerful job protections for teachers have made it hard to fire incompetent educators or enact creative local initiatives - at students' expense.
Tuck, a former president of Green Dot Public Schools, a charter school organization, is allied with the reformers. He has the backing of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and funding from billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad.
Torlakson, a former teacher who has been the state's superintendent of public instruction since 2010, has strong backing from California teachers unions.