Skip to comments.California Initiatives in Circulation [Coming to your state soon. . .]
Posted on 09/19/2005 12:52:31 PM PDT by ZGuy
1. Wealth Tax. Tax Rates and Credits. Initiative Statute.
Imposes one-time 46% tax on persons with property worth more than $40 million as of January 1, 2006, and who were California residents for at least five years as of July 1, 2005. Adds 6% to income tax for high-income taxpayers. Reduces corporate income tax rate by more than half.
2. Casino-Style Gaming District.
Requires State to purchase, through eminent domain, 25 to 50 square miles of undeveloped land in San Bernardino County for casino-style gaming.
3. Public Preschool Education. Tax Increase on Incomes Over $400,000 for Individuals; $800,000 for Couples.
Establishes right to voluntary public preschool for all four-year old children, administered by state Superintendent of Public Instruction and county school superintendents. Funded by 1.7% tax on individual income above $400,000 annually; $800,000 for couples.
4. State Payments to Parents of Public School Children. Standardized Testing. Initiative Statute.V
Amends state law to require that a grant of $1,000.00 be awarded to the parent or guardian of each public school student in grades 2 through 11 with a score of proficient or higher on all portions of the California Standards Test administered pursuant to California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Annual state costs in the hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion.
5. State Holidays. Statewide General Elections. Initiative Statute.
Provides that statewide general election days shall be state holidays. Further provides that public schools and community colleges shall close on statewide general election days, and that certain public employees, including public school and community college classified employees, may be entitled to a paid holiday on statewide general election days pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.
6. Elections. Electronic Voting Machines. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Prohibits electronic voting in any election, except in counties already operating electronic voting machines if machines generate voting receipts, the software source code is a public record, and local election officials regularly count 10% of paper record. Requires all votes be hand-counted by registered voters summoned for elections duty like jurors. Allows paroled felons to vote.Permits voter registration until election day; expands polling hours. Bans restrictions on mail voting. Reduces maximum precinct size to 400 voters.
7. Alcohol Beverage Surtax. Sex Crime Penalties. Victim Assistance. Initiative Statute.
Imposes 25 cent surtax on each alcoholic beverage serving or container. Directs proceeds into trust fund administered by the Attorney General to support sex crime victims, law enforcement training, program administration and grants for local law enforcement, prosecutors and child social services. Increases penalties for specified sex crimes to 50 years in prison without possibility of parole where the victim is a minor and 25 years in prison without possibility of parole where the victim is an adult female.
8. State Court Orders and Judgments. Publication of Appellate Decisions. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Provides that if any fact supporting a state court order or judgment is shown to be false at any future time, the court must vacate the order or judgment. Prohibits the judge who vacates the order or judgment from making any other order in the case.
9. California Border Police. Immigration. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Amends California Constitution to declare that illegal immigration poses imminent danger. Establishes California Border Police to arrest and hold suspects and notify federal authorities. Authorizes arrest without warrant based on probable cause of violation of federal immigration law. Authorizes state to agree with federal government for Border Police to enforce federal immigration laws. Requires Legislature to appropriate funds for Border Police, authorizes Governor to make supplemental appropriations in emergency. Requires state to seek reimbursement from federal government. Authorizes new detention facilities. Requires two-thirds vote of Legislature and Governor's signature to amend.
10. Definition of Fees, Charges, Taxes. Vote Requirements. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Redefines certain local fees or charges as taxes, which require approval by the electorate, and redefines certain state fees or charges as state taxes, which require enactment by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature rather than majority vote. Requires two-thirds vote of Legislature for any statutory change that results in any taxpayer paying a higher tax.
11. Marriage. Elimination of Domestic Partnership Rights. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California, whether contracted in this state or elsewhere. Voids and restricts registered domestic partner rights and obligations, for certain same-sex and heterosexual couples.
12. Marriage. Invalidation of Domestic Partnerships. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Amends the California Constitution to provide that a marriage between a man and a woman is the only legal union that shall be valid or recognized in California. Amendment bars domestic partnerships from being valid or recognized as legal unions in California.
13. Marriage. Exclusive Legal Status for Married Spouses. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Amends the California Constitution to provide that only a man and a woman in a lawful marriage shall have the legal status of married spouses in California. Makes same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
14. Political Contributions and Expenditures by Corporations. Shareholder Consent Requirements. Limits and Penalties. Initiative Statute.
Prohibits corporations, as defined, from making political contributions or expenditures for political activities except with shareholders prior informed consent by means of majority vote and reports to shareholders. Limits corporate political contributions and expenditures in any fiscal year to the same proportion as the percentage of shareholder votes that approved the expenditures.
I don't think the words exist to express how glad I am to have left California last year.
Good luck and God bless to all of you still there.
Socialism to the hilt. Marx would be proud...
Unbelievable. Let's take the rich people's money and spend it on X. What the hell ? THe way couple of these are worded, it's like legalized robbery. One time 47% tax if you lived in CA for the last 5 years and have 40M+ ? What ? Additional 1.7% tax if you made more than 400K ? What the hell ? I certainly don't have/make that kind of money, but this just seems like a proposal to go out and take other people's money just because...
More evidence of how well the present system works. No need to change, right?
The state is dilluted enough to get away with this, now. The banditos to the south are gonna want alot of 'stuff'.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Better still:a tax which is structured in such a way as to ensure that nobody who votes,or registers,as a democRAT,can have a net worth of more of more than $800,000 or a net annual income of more than $75K per household.
And make it nationwide.
This will allow all over the country to pay their fair share.....for the children.
It's for the chilllllldren...
As we hear...it is really all about socialist power and control. Already taxed to death, this nation continues to head for third world status by taxing its producers out of existence and killing worker jobs.
Total socialist insanity.
This is a joke, isn't it?
These are in circulation - they haven't been qualified for any election... YET. Pray that they are never qualified.
I'm sure the Hollyweirdos will embrace this initiative.
Must be why they call it the left coast.
I am ever so happy to have escaped from Marin County with my family two years ago. The place just keeps getting nuttier!
I guess it could be worse... But not much!!!
This would definately be a panacea for DummocRats!
#'s 8-13 seem to make perfect sense; the rest are insane.
Oh! Isn't outright retalliation special? (my very best church lady immitation with knuckles on very top of hip)
Not to Archie Bunker's son-in-law... MEATHEAD!!! His is #3!!!
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