PROP 1: Water Bond
Proposition 1 authorizes the state to issue $7.12 billion in bonds for projects related to water supply and infrastructure. $2.7 billion of these funds will be dedicated to water storage projects, dams and reservoirs. Additional funds will be dedicated to activities including flood management, contamination reduction and environmental protection. Prop. 1 is not written to deal with the state’s current drought, is filled with pork and supports destructive water tunnels in the Bay Delta. Opponents say the proposal is poorly written and will give taxpayer-funded gifts to special interests without solving the state’s
PROP 2: Mandatory Prudent Reserve (Rainy Day Fund)
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.
PROP 45: Insurance Rates
Proposition 45 would require changes in insurance rates to be approved by the state’s
elected Insurance Commissioner. Rate changes would have to go through a new process
which would involve public notice, disclosure and hearings. Furthermore, the measure
would prohibit insurers from giving discounts to customers who have an established record
of coverage or who have good credit scores.
This measure is flawed and deceptive and will increase costs and reduce the quality of care.
The measure would create a costly new bureaucracy and transfer decisions about treatment
options from doctors and patients to one politician. Furthermore, special interests wrote the
measure to benefit themselves, with a provision allowing their lawyers to make up to $675
an hour off costly new lawsuits.
PROP 46: Medical Lawsuits
Proposition 46 would increase the maximum amount of money patients are able to collect
from doctors in malpractice lawsuits to $1 million from a current cap of $250,000. The
proposal also requires periodic drug and alcohol testing of doctors with disciplinary action
if the doctor is found to have been impaired while working. In addition, the measure
institutes a prescription drug database to help prevent prescription drug abuse by doctors.
Proposition 46 is backed financially by trial lawyers’ associations.
The costly lawsuits that would result from Prop. 46 would lead to higher costs to patients
and possible reductions in services. Furthermore, opponents say the measure creates
a new bureaucracy and jeopardizes privacy by putting bureaucrats in charge of a new
database of confidential patient records.
PROP 47: Crime Penalties
Proposition 47 would reduce penalties for most nonviolent crimes currently considered
felonies, including shoplifting, theft, forgery, fraud and drug possession. 10,000 prison
inmates convicted of these crimes would be eligible for a reduced sentence, including
release into the community. Anticipated savings resulting from a reduction in the
prison population would be redirected to the Board of State and Community Correction,
Department of Education and Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.
The proposal would give a get out of jail free card to convicted felons, endanger
communities and compromise victims’ rights. The state’s realignment program has already
resulted in sharp increases in car thefts and property crimes, and the costs related to
further increased crime are not considered by proponents who promise “savings.”
PROP 48 Gaming Referendum
Proposition 48 puts to a vote an agreement between the North Fork Rancheria Band of
Mono Indians and Wiyot Tribe and the State of California, allowing the tribes to build a casino with up to 2,000 slot machines north of the Central Valley town of Madera. Voting NO on this measure is a vote against the casino, voting YES is a vote for the casino.
The two tribes affected by this referendum currently have a lawsuit in progress arguing the referendum is illegal according to Federal law.
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