Analyzing California Propositions

Less than a month is left until the November elections, where Republicans and Democrats will compete – as they have done for more than a century – for the votes of the American people. In the state of California, however, something more will happen. Californians will be voting on a series of propositions which will directly influence the state’s policy (the famed and much-criticized proposition system).

Propositions can be confusing – sometimes intentionally so. Thus in the next few posts, I will be analyzing what each proposition means for the state of California. This will be followed by a newspaper-style editorial; whether to vote “yes” or “no” on each proposition.

I will not touch upon propositions that have been heavily covered by the media; things such as Proposition 19 (the legalization of marijuana), for instance. The purpose of these posts is to inform the public about little-known but very important propositions. Everybody knows about Proposition 23 (which suspends the “Global Warming Solutions Act”), but very few people have probably heard about Proposition 25 – which makes passing budgets easier, and which will influence California’s future far more than what happens to marijuana.

These posts will be short and to the point; there will not be multiple posts covering one proposition, for instance. This has been something I have previously promised and failed to do. Fortunately covering propositions does not require pictures, and so hopefully the posts will be kept simple and readable.

The next post in this series will start with Proposition 20, which puts congressional redistricting from the hands of the legislature into a citizen’s committee.

A full list of proposition editorials is below:

No on Proposition 27: Redistricting of State Districts

No on Proposition 26: Supermajority to Pass Fees

Yes on Proposition 25: Majority Vote to Pass a Budget

No on Proposition 24: Repeal of Corporate Tax Breaks

No on Proposition 22: State Borrowing From Local Government Funds

No on Proposition 21: State Parks

Yes on Proposition 20: Redistricting of Congressional Districts

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