CMTA’s positions on ballot initiatives

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 13, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

»Proposition 1A - Transportation Investment Fund

Description:
 

  • Protects transportation funding for traffic congestion relief projects, safety improvements, and local streets and roads.
  • Prohibits the state sales tax on motor vehicle fuels from being used for any purpose other than transportation improvements.
  • Authorizes loans of these funds only in the case of severe state fiscal hardship.  
    Requires loans of revenues from states sales tax on motor vehicle fuels to be fully repaid within the three years. Restricts loans to no more than twice in any 10-year period.

    CMTA Position: Support
    This fund would improve goods movement through congestion relief and trade infrastructure and port security.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.readforyourself.org
    Against: None available

    »Proposition 1B - Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, Port Security Bond Act

    Description:

  • Makes safety improvements and repairs to state highways; upgrades freeways to reduce congestion; repairs local streets and roads; upgrades highways along major transportation corridors.
  • Improves seismic safety of local bridges.
  • Expands public transit.
  • Helps complete the state's network of car pool lanes.
  • Reduces air pollution.
  • Improves anti-terrorism security at shipping ports.
  • Provides for a bond issue not to exceed nineteen billion nine hundred twenty-five million dollars ($19,925,000,000).
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.

    CMTA Position: Support
    This fund would improve goods movement through congestion relief and trade infrastructure and port security.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.readforyourself.org
    Against:  www.protecttaxpayers.com

    »Proposition 1C - Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Bond Act

    Description:

  • Funds may be used for the purpose of providing shelters for battered women and their children, clean and safe housing for low-income senior citizens; home ownership assistance for the disabled, military veterans, and working families; and repairs and accessibility improvements to apartment for families and disabled citizens.
  • The state shall issue bonds totaling two billion eight hundred fifty million dollars ($2,850,000,000) paid from existing state funds at an average annual cost of two hundred and four million dollars ($204,000,000) per year over the 30 year life of the bonds.
  • Requires reporting and publication of annual independent audited reports showing use of funds, and limits administration and overhead costs.
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.

    CMTA Position: Support
    In 2002 voters approved Proposition 46, the $2.1 billion Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act. Funds provided under Proposition 46 will be exhausted by the end of 2006. This measure seeks to maintain funding for essential programs that provide resources to assist in the development and protection of scarce affordable housing for low-income working Californians, such as new teachers, nurses, public sector employees, public safety personnel, wait persons, administrative assistants, construction workers, etc.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.readforyourself.org
    Against:  www.NoProp1C.com

    »Proposition 1D - Kindergarten-University Public Education Bond Act

    Description:

  • This ten billion four hundred sixteen million dollar ($10,416,000,000) bond issue will provide needed funding to relieve public school overcrowding and to repair older schools.
  • It will improve earthquake safety and fund vocational educational facilities in public schools. Bond funds must be spent according to strict accountability measures.
  • Funds will also be used to repair and upgrade existing public college and university buildings and to build new classrooms to accommodate the growing student enrollment in the California Community Colleges, the University of California, and the California State University.
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.

    CMTA Position: Support
    It dedicates $500 million for Career Technical Education Facilities in the K-12 system. Only one in four of today's high school students go on to get a bachelor's degree. California must focus its education system and train those remaining three of four students for technical careers and wage jobs.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.readforyourself.org
    Against:  www.protecttaxpayers.com

    »Proposition 1E - Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act

    Description:

  • This act rebuilds and repairs California's most vulnerable flood control structures to protect homes and prevent loss of life from flood-related disasters, including levee failures, flash floods, and mudslides.
  • Protects California's drinking water supply system by rebuilding delta levees that are vulnerable to earthquakes and storms.
  • Authorizes a $4.09 billion dollar bond act.
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds.

    CMTA Position: Support
    Department of Water Resources testified before the Legislature that a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region would likely result in a catastrophic levee failure. Such an event could reduce the drinking water supply for 24 million citizens in Southern California, and could also affect Delta water quality.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.readforyourself.org
    Against:  www.protecttaxpayers.com

    »Proposition 83 - Sexually Violent Predators, Punishment, Residence Requirement, and Monitoring

    Description:

  • Increases penalties for violent and habitual sex offenders and child molesters.
  • Prohibits registered sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of any school or park.
  • Requires lifetime Global Positioning System monitoring of felony registered sex offenders.
  • Expands definition of a sexually violent predator.
  • Changes current two-year involuntary civil commitment for a sexually violent predator to an indeterminate commitment, subject to annual review by the Director of Mental Health and subsequent ability of sexually violent predator to petition court for sexually violent predator's conditional release or unconditional discharge.

    No CMTA Position

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.83YES.com
    Against:  www.cacj.org

    »Proposition 84 - Natural Resource Protection

    Description:

  • Funds projects relating to safe drinking water, water quality and supply, flood control, waterway and natural resource protection, water pollution and contamination control, state and local park improvements, public access to natural resources, and water conservation efforts.
  • Provides funding for emergency drinking water, and exempts such expenditures from public contract and procurement requirements to ensure immediate action for public safety.
  • Authorizes $5,388,000,000 in general obligation bonds to fund projects and expenditures, to be repaid from the state's General Fund.

    CMTA Position: Oppose
    The proceeds from this bond would go mostly to parks, environmental and conservation purposes rather than more water supply and storage.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.Yeson84.com
    Against:  www.protecttaxpayers.com

    »Proposition 85 - Waiting Period, Parental Notification of Minor's Pregnancy

    Description:

  • Amends California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor's parent or legal guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver.
  • Permits minor to obtain court order waiving notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor's maturity or best interests.
  • Mandates various reporting requirements, including reports from physicians regarding abortions performed on minors.
  • Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation.
  • Requires minor's consent to abortion, with certain exceptions.
  • Permits judicial relief if minor's consent coerced.

    No CMTA Position

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.YESon85.net
    Against:  www.Noon85.com

    »Proposition 86 - Tax on Tobacco

    Description:

  • Imposes additional 13 cent tax on each cigarette distributed ($2.60 per pack), and indirectly increases tax on other tobacco products.
  • Provides funding to qualified hospitals for emergency services, nursing education and health insurance to eligible children.
  • Revenue also allocated to specified purposes including tobacco-use-prevention programs, enforcement of tobacco-related laws, and research, prevention, treatment of various conditions including cancers (breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal), heart disease, stroke, asthma and obesity.
  • Exempts recipient hospitals from antitrust laws in certain circumstances.
  • Revenue excluded from appropriation limits and minimum education funding (Proposition 98) calculations.

    CMTA Position: Oppose
    This is a 300% tax increase on a very narrow portion of the public. If we have a broad public need for something than a broad segment section of the public should pay for it.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.yesprop86.com
    Against:  www.86facts.org

    »Proposition 87 - Tax on Oil

    Description:

  • Establishes $4 billion program with goal to reduce petroleum consumption by 25%, with research and production incentives for alternative energy, alternative energy vehicles, energy efficient technologies, and for education and training.
  • Funded by tax of 1.5% to 6% (depending on oil price per barrel) on producers of oil extracted in California. Prohibits producers from passing tax to consumers.
  • Program administered by new California Energy Alternatives Program Authority.
  • Prohibits changing tax while indebtedness remains.
  • Revenue excluded from appropriation limits and minimum education funding (Proposition 98) calculations.

    CMTA Position: Oppose
    This means higher prices at the gas pump and greater dependence on foreign oil. It also sets up a new state bureaucracy with no accountability to tax payers and unlimited spending.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.yeson87.com
    Against:  www.NoOilTax.com

    »Proposition 88 - Tax on Real Property

    Description:

  • Provides additional public school funding for kindergarten through grade 12. Funded by $50 tax on each real property parcel.
  • Exempts certain elderly and disabled homeowners.
  • Funds must be used for class size reduction, textbooks, school safety, Academic Success facility grants, and data system to evaluate educational program effectiveness.
  • Provides for reimbursement to General Fund to offset anticipated decrease in income tax revenues due to increased deductions attributable to new parcel tax.
  • Requires school district audits, penalties for fund misuse.
  • Revenue excluded from minimum education funding (Proposition 98) calculations.

    CMTA Position: Oppose
    Imposes a statewide tax on real property to raises money for education outside of Prop 98 calculations. Property taxes are traditionally the purview of local governments.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.VoteFor88.org
    Against:  www.NoProp88.com

    » Proposition 89 - Corporate Tax

    Description:

  • Provides that candidates for state elective office meeting certain eligibility requirements, including collection of a specified number of $5.00 contributions from voters, may voluntarily receive public campaign funding from Fair Political Practices Commission, in amounts varying by elective office and election type.
  • Increases income tax rate on corporations and financial institutions by 0.2 percent to fund program.
  • Imposes new limits on campaign contributions to state-office candidates and campaign committees, and new restrictions on contributions by lobbyists, state contractors.
  • Limits certain contributions and expenditures by corporations.

    CMTA Position: Oppose

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.yeson89.org
    Against:  www.noprop89.org

    »Proposition 90 - Government Regulation of Private Property

    Description:

  • Bars state and local governments from condemning or damaging private property to promote other private projects or uses.
  • Limits government's authority to adopt certain land use, housing, consumer, environmental and workplace laws and regulations, except when necessary to preserve public health or safety.
  • Voids unpublished eminent domain court decisions.
  • Defines "just compensation."
  • Government must occupy condemned property or lease property for public use.
  • Condemned private property must be offered for resale to prior owner or owner's heir at current fair market value if government abandons condemnation's objective.
  • Exempts certain governmental actions.

    CMTA Position: Oppose
    Main argument in opposition is that it will cost California taxpayers billions of dollars each year by arbitrarily inflating compensation paid to a few property owners and thereby adding costs to build roads, schools, highways and other public works.

    Campaign Websites
    For: www.90yes.com
    Against:  www.NoProp90.com

     

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