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ELECTION 2012
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Local elections, continued ...Published: September 28, 2012

Originating from Gov. Brown’s desk, Prop. 30 naturally has the support of the state’s Democrats. Teachers’ unions also support it because they stand to benefit from its funds, and are likely to be negatively impacted if it fails to pass. Opposition to Prop. 30 comes largely from the Republican wing due to the tax burden placed on wealthy residents. Starting at the $250,000 income bracket, the percentage tax increases at higher income levels.

Most look to vote for the Prop. 31 because a lot of people want there to be more standards or reform for budgets within government whether it be by state or nation. This initiative imposes a strict two-year budget cycle for the state legislature.

Prop. 38 (or the Munger tax, nicknamed for its strongest proponent, Pasadena attorney Molly Munger) is an alternative to Prop 30 packing a bigger punch. Gov. Brown and the Democratic Party have focused their support on their own initiative, and so have not endorsed this proposed tax increase, which affects a much wider spectrum of taxpayers. The Republican Party opposes all tax increases, so Prop. 38 falls squarely on their “NO” list. However, Munger and actor Edward James Olmos believe that the tax revenue will create $10 billion by 2013 to create enough funding for schools through 2024.

The Republican Party is also opposed to Prop. 39 because they claim it will hurt the middle class and will create a “recipe for corruption” by spending up to $22 million on a new bureaucracy and special interest commission. However, the Democratic Party is neutral on this proposition. The initiative’s supporters claim that it will close a $1 billon loophole created to benefit out-of-state corporations working in the state, by allowing them to choose their California income tax rate.

Most of the Orange County measures on the ballot are very similar, with several bonds for borrowing money for education or to reform local government. Measure M, for example, is a bond to borrow $698 billion to fund Coast Community College District with repairs, classroom funding and programs for veterans returning from overseas. For more information about individual measures, click here.

Other propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot:
Prop. 32 ~ Ban corporate & union contributions to state & local campaigns
Prop. 33 ~ Extend auto insurance “loyalty discounts” to include coverage history
Prop. 34 ~ Eliminate the death penalty in California
Prop. 35 ~ Augmented penalties for human trafficking & sex slavery
Prop. 36 ~ Repeal “Three Strikes” law
Prop. 37 ~ Mandatory labels for genetically modified food
Prop. 40 ~ Referendum: State senate redistricting plan

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