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Water Bond for $7.12 Billion
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.
This measure will authorize the sale of general obligation bonds for state water supply infrastructure projects. This water bond measure has been around since 2009, but it has been postponed from election to election until the current drought “crisis,” when the politicians felt it had a better chance of passage. It will take 40 years to pay off these bonds, and with interest and bond expenses, the total cost of the bill will likely be closer to $15 billion. Water projects are best managed and financed by local water boards, rather than writing grants to state bureaucrats trying to secure expensive bond monies.
We recommend a NO vote.
State Budget Stabilization
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 2-State Budget Stabilization. This measure will change the rules for how much the legislature puts into “Rainy Day” reserves to help balance the budget during poor economic times. Most of the features in this measure are for the better and will lead to greater fiscal responsibility; however, the requirement for local school districts to reduce their reserves will make local schools even more dependent on state government for funding. We prefer local control of education, rather than centralized control.
Therefore we recommend a NO vote.
Health Insurance Rate Changes
Prop 45-Health Insurance Rate Changes. This measure will give the Insurance Commissioner the power to decide health insurance rates. This is yet another example of government interference in the marketplace where the bureaucrats have caused the problem and Prop 45 will (they hope) fix the problem. The bureaucrats have limited the number of insurance companies offering insurance to California consumers through excessive rules and regulations, which has led to less competition and higher prices. The fix is an “Insurance Czar” who will decide if insurance rate increases are reasonable to “protect” the consumers from “price gouging.” The loosening up of regulations so many more insurance companies can sell to Californians will do a lot more to lower rates than any “Czar” can accomplish.
We recommend a NO vote.
Drug & Alcohol Testing of Doctors
Prop 46-Drug & Alcohol Testing of Doctors. This measure will require random testing for substance abuse and raise the cap on malpractice lawsuits for pain and suffering. It is not possible to prevent every type of medical error that might occur—and no government mandate is going to accomplish this worthy goal. The medical insurance industry already monitors doctors and will not insure doctors with problems or will charge them higher rates for the added risk. Mandatory testing will only add to the already high cost of health care by passing the cost on to consumers. Raising the cap on lawsuits for pain and suffering will only encourage more ambulance chasing in our lawsuit-happy society. We are also concerned about the requirement in this measure that requires doctors to turn in “suspected” substance-abused doctors and the requirement to use a government database before issuing certain prescriptions, as government databases have a history of problems.
Therefore we recommend a NO vote.
Prop 47-Criminal Sentences. This measure will downgrade many less serious crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, thereby reducing the number of people incarcerated in California’s prisons and jails. In particular, it reduces the penalty for possession of most drugs for personal use from felonies to misdemeanors. Locking up people in prisons for less time for victimless crimes is a good start toward ending the drug war—and freeing up the criminal justice system to focus on violent crimes. We prefer the savings of not incarcerating those who commit nonviolent crimes go back to the taxpayers in the form of reduced taxes, rather than other government programs; however, focusing on violent crime with real victims is a more important issue.
Therefore we recommend a YES vote.
Indian Gaming Compacts
Prop 48-Indian Gaming Compacts. This measure will allow a new casino to be built near Highway 99 and the City of Merced in Central California. The casino will provide an outlet for many consumers who enjoy the recreation of gaming at a more convenient location than the current casinos that are further inland. It will also be a boom to an economically depressed area of the state by attracting jobs and business. While the casinos further inland do not want the competition of a new casino, it is not the proper role of government to protect any business from competition.
However, It is a little unseemly for the Libertarian Party to endorse a proposition that is all about granting special property rights to a favored special interest seeking to exploit government regulations to make a fat profit. Consenting adults should be able to gamble wherever, whenever, and however they choose, so long as respecting property rights of others.
Recommendation: chooses not to endorse.
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November 4, 2014 – Election Day
Polls open by 7 AM and close at 8 PM.
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