Gino DiCaro

CMTA takes positions on November ballot elections

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Aug. 3, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA's Board of Directors took positions on ten of the November ballot propositions:

Infrastructure Bond initiatives
  • Prob 1B -- Support -- Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, Port Security Bond Act of 2006
    • Authorizes $19.925 billion of state GO bonds for transportation corridor improvements, trade infrastructure and port security, state transportation improvement program, transit and rail, state-local partnership transportation, transit security, bridge seismic retrofit, highway-railroad grade separation and crossings, highway safety and rehabilitation, and local street and road improvement, congestion relief, and traffic safety.
  • Prop 1C -- Support -- Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006
    • Authorizes $2.85 billion in GO bonds to finance housing programs, infill development, brownfield cleanups, and housing-related parks.
  • Prop 1D -- Support -- Education facilities: Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006
    • Authorizes $10.416 billion of state GO bonds to provide aid to school districts, county superintendents of schools, county boards of education, the California Community Colleges, the University of California, the Hastings College of the Law, and the California State University to construct and modernize education facilities.
  • Prop 1E -- Support -- Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006
    • Authorizes the issuance and sale of bonds in the amount of $4.09 billion for the purposes of financing disaster preparedness and flood prevention projects.
Other initiatives
  • Prop 1A -- Support -- Transportation Investment Fund
    • Prohibits retention of funds earmarked for Transportation Investment Fund in the General Fund for use unrelated to transportation after 7/1/08 unless current requirements are met and prior voter approval is obtained; repayment required within ten years.
  • Prop 84 -- Oppose -- Water Quality, Safety and Supply. Flood Control. Natural Resource Protection. Park Improvements.
    • Authorizes $5.388 billion in GO bonds to fund 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 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.
  • Prop 86 -- Oppose -- Tax on Cigarettes. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute
    • 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.
  • Prop 87 -- Oppose -- Alternative Energy. Research, Production, Incentives. Tax on California Oil. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
    • Establishes program to reduce oil and gasoline use, with research and production incentives for alternative energy, alternative fuel 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 on to consumers. Specifies spending $4 billion in 10 years.
  • Prop 88 -- Oppose -- Education Funding. Real Property Parcel Tax. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute
    • Provides public school funding for K-12 by imposing a $50 tax on real property, exempting elderly and disabled. Funds must be used for class size reduction, textbooks, school safety, Academic Success facility grants, and a data system to evaluate educational program effectiveness. Provides for reimbursement to government entities to offset anticipated decrease in other tax revenue. Excludes funds from Proposition 98 calculations.
  • Prop 89 -- Oppose -- Political Campaigns. Public Financing. Corporate Tax Increase. Contribution and Expenditure Limits. Initiative Statute
    • Candidates for state office with enough $5.00 contributions can receive public campaign funding from the Fair Political Practices Commission, in amounts varying by elective office and type of election. 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 and expenditures by lobbyists and corporations.
  • Prop 90 -- Oppose -- Government Acquisition, Regulation of Private Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
    • Bars state and local governments from condemning or damaging private property to promote other private projects, 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.”

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