NOVEMBER 8 VOTING GUIDE

Prop. 73 – NO – Keep Our Teens Safe

Parents rightfully want to be involved in their teenagers’ lives and want what is best for their sons and daughters. But government cannot mandate good family communication.  And, Prop 77 sends those teens who cannot talk with their parents into court:  we cannot expect a teen to go to court if she cannot talk with her parents – our courts are already overcrowded!

Prop. 74 – NO – Do Not Blame the Teachers

This measure would do nothing to improve public education or deal with the real problems facing our schools. It unfairly attempts to blame teachers for the problems in our public schools, ignoring the realities of underfunding, overcrowding, and the lack of materials and resources needed for effective teaching and learning.

Prop. 75 – NO – The Paycheck Deception Act

Proposition 75 is a deceptive measure put on the ballot by the big corporations and out of state billionaires who support Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's destructive agenda for California. It unfairly targets teachers, nurses, firefighters, police and other public employees with restrictions that don’t apply to other groups or corporations, which regularly spend shareholder money on politics without permission.  This is an obvious attempt to tilt the political playing field even further in favor of the wealth and big corporations – what we consumer attorneys fight every day.

Prop. 76 – NO – Guts School Spending

This initiative is a gubernatorial power grab that would make a dysfunctional budget process even worse by empowering a minority in the Legislature to stand in the way of solutions. Proposition 76 imposes rigid budget formulas that contravene voter approved funding for schools.  A similar initiative that passed 12 years ago in Colorado is now resulting in threatened shut downs of schools and important health and safety services.

Prop. 77 – NO – Redistricting Power Grab

Reasonable minds may differ about how political boundary lines are drawn, but the solution offered in Proposition 77 is dangerous and we urge you to vote “No.” If Prop. 77 was really about reform –

  • It wouldn’t use six-year-old census numbers to draw districts that leave millions off the map.
  • It wouldn’t ignore communities of interest.
  • It wouldn’t put new lines into effect before voters have their say.

Prop. 78 – NO – Voluntary Prescription Drug Program

This measure says only that drug companies can enter a “voluntary” program to reduce prices … but why will they? They have no real incentive to lower the sky-high cost of prescription drugs. A “No” vote on this measure is necessary to provide consumers with real relief from soaring drug prices, because whichever measure gets the highest number of votes becomes law.  We know that without enforcement incentives, the rules are meaningless.

Prop. 79 – YES – Real Prescription Drug Reform

The key difference from Prop 78 is that Proposition 79 would use the state’s purchasing power to keep drug
prices down, while 78 relies on voluntary discounts.  If drug companies don’t follow the rules, under Proposition 79 the state can shift business away from that company and buy more from other drug companies that offer discounts.

Prop. 80 – YES  – Energy Re-regulation “Affordable Electricity and Preventing Blackouts Act”

This is a common-sense consumer initiative that will help prevent energy blackouts and massive fraud by unregulated private energy producers like Enron. It will override the failed energy deregulation policies, put utilities back in the business of serving the public, and encourage development of more renewable energy sources. The ultimate result will be more affordable energy for ALL Californians. 

 

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