If you want to sport this sticker, you'll have to decipher the state ballot and then vote. (EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
by Lisa Aliferis and Jon Brooks
It’s getting down to the wire — just seven days to make up your mind on a plethora of issues and races … and then ya gotta vote.
Lucky you: We’re here to help.
Our reports about Props. 30 and 38 (education and taxes); the nine-item Prop. 31 (governance) and Prop. 37 (labeling GMO foods) are attracting a lot of attention online. So either we’ve really figured out this SEO thing, or you’re genuinely interested in those initiatives in particular.
Thus, we’re compiling the best-of-the-best of our coverage on these props so that you don’t have to stand in the voting booth pondering whether numerological concerns aren’t going to be the one determining factor after all in how you vote on these things, complex as they are, yet sold, packaged and soundbited by opponents and proponents alike direct to your Id.
So read up!
–Proposition 30 and Proposition 38 both promise to fund schools, but in different ways.
–Proposition 31 will do nine (yes, 9) different things, attempting to overhaul state governance. God knows California governance needs overhaul, but is Prop. 31 the right approach?
–Proposition 37 requires the labeling of genetically modified ingredients in foods.
If you need information on still more props, here’s a bonus:
–Proposition 32 (campaign spending)
You can always consult our Proposition Guide for concise information about all 11 props. on the California ballot.
Sacramento Capital. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Proposition 31 might win the battle for the longest and most complex ballot measure. At more than 8,000 words Prop. 31 is an opus to California Forward‘s attempt to restructure and rebuild California’s government from the core. To do that it outlines nine main changes:
- Establishes a two-year budget cycle
- Permits the governor to make unilateral budget cuts during fiscal emergencies
- Requires all bills to be published three days prior to a vote
- Forces lawmakers to identify a funding source for new programs or tax deductions
- Requires performance reviews
- Defines specific goals for the state budget and all local government budgets
- Allows local governments to establish “Community Strategic Action Plans”
- Allocates $200 million a year in sales tax to those plans
- Allows local governments to transfer local property taxes among themselves.
Whew, that’s a lot.
But one component of the initiative is particularly opaque: What are these “Community Strategic Action Plans”? What are they supposed to do? KQED called California Forward’s Executive Director Kristin Connelly to ask her specifically about the plans. California Forward wrote and sponsored Prop. 31. Continue reading
Among other items, Prop. 31 gives California's governor new powers over spending during a fiscal emergency. (Justin Brockie:Flickr)
Among the 11 propositions on the statewide ballot this fall is a measure that would bring sweeping changes in governance to California. As Rachael Myrow suggested Friday morning on The California Report, it would also win a prize for “most changes in one measure.” The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has identified nine big ideas in Prop 31.
To break it down, Myrow turned to John Myers, political editor for Sacramento television station KXTV.
Here’s the edited transcript of their conversation:
RACHAEL MYROW: Who’s behind the measure? What is “California Forward”?
There has been a long, raging debate in government reform circles about whether we need incremental change or large systemic change. I think Prop. 31 puts its foot in both categories.”
JOHN MYERS: California Forward is a bipartisan group, formed a few years ago to work on ideas about how to fix what’s broken in California governance. They’ve been bankrolled by foundations. Their political activity is mainly bankrolled by a billionaire international investor, and that political activity really focused on this initiative — which they got on the ballot with his help.
RACHAEL MYROW: They’ve held forums around the state in recent years talking about how to make California government more effective. What is it they propose with Prop. 31? Continue reading