A Quick Guide to the 17 State-Wide Ballot Measures

VotedI know what you’re thinking as you look at the 224-page voter guide to 17 statewide ballot propositions, and it’s not printable in a family newspaper.

Still, with California effectively under one-party rule, you and the ballot initiative are the closest thing we have to a system of checks and balances. So here’s my personal guide to help you do the job.

Yes on Proposition 54 to require that bills in the Legislature be posted online in their final form for 72 hours before lawmakers vote on them. This ends the abusive practice of slamming backroom deals into unrelated or blank bills as an “amendment,” then rushing them to the floor for a vote before anybody else can read them.

Yes on Prop. 53 to require voter approval before the state can borrow $2 billion or more for state projects by issuing revenue bonds. This affects the proposed Delta tunnels water project. Revenue bonds are repaid by charging the users of whatever they’re issued to build. If you use water, that’s you.

Yes on Prop. 52 to protect a program devised by California hospitals to secure available federal matching dollars for Medi-Cal. The hospitals pay the state to help fund Medi-Cal, which then qualifies for matching funds, and then the hospitals get most of their money back. The “most” part is the problem. Vote yes on 52 to keep politicians’ hands out of the Medi-Cal cookie jar.

On the rest, I’m voting no.

Taxes and education: Prop. 55 extends a temporary income-tax hike on high-earners until 2030, but the school budget crisis is over, and a top state tax rate of 13.3 percent makes California uncompetitive with other states for the small businesses that create most of the jobs in America. Prop. 51 soaks taxpayers for $9 billion plus interest to build schools so new-home developers can escape higher fees. Prop. 58 repeals the 1998 “English for the Children” initiative and reinstates bilingual education, and it could lead to some students being automatically enrolled in bilingual classes even if parents don’t request it or want it.

Criminal justice: Prop. 57 empowers state prison officials and parole boards to release many state inmates early, regardless of enhanced sentences. Prop. 62 abolishes the death penalty. Prop. 66 changes death penalty procedures to limit and speed up state appeals.

Substances and drugs: Prop. 56 puts a $2 tax on cigarettes and extends tobacco taxes to vaping products. Prop. 64 legalizes recreational marijuana, but it also launches a massive new state bureaucracy to regulate, track and tax every plant from seed to sale, and it’s still illegal under federal law. Prop. 61 orders some state agencies to pay no more for prescription drugs than the price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, likely leading to pre-discount price hikes. …

Click here to read the full article from the L.A. Daily News.


  1. I agree 100% but also yes on 66. Hang ’em high and hang ’em soon!

  2. I still long for the days when we had a functioning two party political system! The single party democrat dysfunctional dictatorship SHOULD be getting OLD for people, BUT if you are a retarded liberal democreep, this makes no difference, as it is just what you want.

  3. As he does for every election, a truly brilliant friend of mine, a physicist, has analyzed all 17 of the CA state-wide ballot measures (and some of the local ones) from a biblical worldview perspective, providing the content behind all the language, biblical considerations with appropriate verses, and his recommendations. I find this hugely helpful.

  4. Rottweiler says

    When in a communist state give them somone to hunt for thanks for the advice. So far they have 5 people to look for including my significant other and the author.

  5. What about Propositions 60, and 66. 60 Condoms for porn stars, 66 keep death penalty in place.

  6. The author glosses over the two death penalty initiatives, of which I find Proposition 66 beneficial. It streamlines the appeals process and limits it to five years maximum. I know it wll be effective, because its’ detractors squeal thrice in rebuttal that Prop.66, “….would increase California’s risk of executing an innocent person”.
    While justice never professes to be perfect, the world garrantees a living to no one. The risk of travesty comes from DAs playing the plea-bargain game, and becoming comfortable with leveling murder charges at those questionably accused.
    Prop.62, on the other hand, reflects the true values and motives of Prop.66 critics, since it seeks to abolish the death penalty, which is the will of the People without question.

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