CSAC Board Considers Ballot Propositions
September 2, 2016
The CSAC Board considered seven of the 17 propositions that will be on the November Ballot at its September 1 meeting, and decided to support three, oppose two and take no position on two others. The Board had previously voted to support Proposition 52, which would continue state fees on hospitals. The revenue from those fees allows the state to receive matching federal grants.
At the September 1 meeting, the Board decided to support propositions 55, 56 and 67.
Proposition 55 would extend some of the income tax increases initially approved in proposition 30 several years ago. Proposition 56 increases taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, and Proposition 67 upholds the state’s ban on plastic bags in many retail and grocery stores.
The Board voted to oppose propositions 53 and 65. Proposition 53, sometimes referred to as the “Cortopassi Proposition” for its main supporter, would require a statewide vote to issue revenue bonds for projects valued at more than $2 billion. Proposition 65 would redirect funds generated by the sale of plastic bags at retail stores.
The CSAC Board also considered Propositions 57, which would change the way California prison inmates can be paroled, and 64, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Board decided not to take a position on either of those measures.
The Secretary of State’s website has a full listing of all 17 ballot propositions, including longer descriptions and links to the actual language.