We have competing tax increase proposals. They basically follow the same pattern, raise taxes or education suffers. Never mind that we have thrown gobs of money at education and performance has only stagnated. I'm undecided about Jerry Brown's proposal but voting no on the others.
Our legislature is so incompetent that we are now voting on whether to institute a two-year budget cycle. California can't handle annual budgets now. I'm undecided on this. I think the two-year budget cycle is wacky but I think some of the other provisions, like offsets for expenditure increases, are good. There's also supposed to be more transparency in the budget process.
We might also end the death penalty, which I will be voting yes on.
The last interesting one to non-Californians (I think they are all interesting, though) is the repeal of the three strikes law, which I will be voting yes on. It's not that I'm not tough on crime, but I do want that power to be in the hands of judges and not mandatory sentencing (third strike and go away for life). Judges should have discretion.
I tend to think these are more important than the national elections because the initiative process can really up a state. People here tend to vote no on taxes but vote yes on expensive shit.
Anything good from your state? I know some are voting on marijuana this year.
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