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LEGISLATURE List of Initiatives Headed to November Ballot Long and Diverse BY ERIN EVANS-FUDEM AND CAITLIN JUNG, CAPITOL ADVISORS GROUP W ith 17 initiatives qualifying, the ballot for the November 2016 election will feature the longest list of state propositions on a single ballot since 2000. A 2011 law moving all initiatives to November ballots, combined with low voter turnout in the last gubernatorial election resulting in lower signature thresholds to qualify, may have contributed to the length of this year's ballot. The qualified measures include six seeking to amend California's constitution, nine asking voters to enact new state laws, and a referendum asking voters to accept or reject the law banning the use of singleuse plastic bags signed in 2014. Below is a look at a few of the key initiatives as well as a list and brief description of the rest of the measures on the ballot Proposition 51. Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds: $3 billion for new construction & $3 billion for modernization of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities; and $2 billion for California Community College facilities. Backed by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), Prop. 51 is the first statewide school bond measure to appear on a ballot in a decade. Proponents state that the bond is necessary to meet a critical need for more funds for state school construction. Governor Brown is opposed to the bond after a failed attempt by the Legislature to put a smaller bond on the June Ballot that would have also changed the formula and process for distributing money to school districts. However, he is not expected to actively oppose the measure, stating himself that with this loaded ballot, he needs to "pick his battles" and is not ready to "jump in" on the school bond. Proposition 53. No Blank Checks Initiative Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for projects that are financed, owned, operated or managed by the state, if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion. If passed, Prop. 53 could pose a serious threat to both the high speed rail and Delta Tunnel Projects, two of Governor Brown's biggest issues, as both projects will likely need significant bond funding to go into effect. The measure is backed by Dean Cortopassi, a Stockton farmer and businessman, and supported by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Opponents to the proposition include the Governor and the California Chamber of Commerce. With Prop. 53's potential to detrimentally effect to his projects, Governor Brown is expected to focus the majority of his efforts and resources this election on defeating this measure. Proposition 55. The California Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act Extends by 12 years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted by Proposition 30 in 2012 on earnings over $250,000 for single filers, $500,000 for joint filers, and over $340,000 for heads of household. Allocates 89% of the tax revenues to K-12 schools and 11% to community colleges. Allocates up to $2 billion/year in certain years for healthcare programs. Prop. 55 is the result of a compromise between California Teacher Association (CTA) and the healthcare community. Both groups had initially submitted separate initiatives aimed at extending the income tax increases created by Prop. 30, but had the revenue going to different priorities. Concerned that having both initiatives on the ballot would result in both of them failing, the two groups reached an agreement to unite behind a single measure that provided funding for schools and healthcare. Along with CTA, Prop. 55 is supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce. While Governor Brown has not stated a formal position either way on the measure, during his press conference announcing his May Revision Budget, he identified looming deficits in the coming fiscal years if the Prop. 30 temporary taxes expire and noted that extension of the Prop. 30 income taxes would help erase these deficits and even provide very modest surpluses. Below is a list of the other propositions that will be on the November ballot along with a brief description of what each proposition would do: * Proposition 52. Increases required vote to two-third for the Legislature to amend an existing law that imposes fees on hospitals for purpose of obtaining federal Medi-Cal matching funds. * Proposition 54. Prohibits the Legislature form passing any bill unless it has been in print and published on the Internet for at least 72 hours before the vote, except in cases of public emergency. Also requires the Legislature to make and post on the internet audiovisual recordings of all its proceedings, except closed session proceedings, and allows these recordings to be used for any legitimate purpose, without payment of any fee to the state. * Proposition 56. Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack and allocates resulting SSDA TODAY | WWW.SSDA.ORG 9 http://WWW.SSDA.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2016

Executive Director's Column
New Federal Guidance on Transgender Bathroom Access
List of Initiatives Headed to November Ballot Long and Diverse
Ballot Measure Wild Card: Gov. Jerry Brown
What Every Leader Needs to Know about Technology: Education Innovation Alliance
Is Your Compensation “Creditable” Towards Retirement? New CalSTRS Regulations Seek to Further Clarify the Answer
Super Strong: The Extraordinary Nature of Leadership Resilience
News and Notes
Advertiser's Index

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