CalChamber Positions on November 2010 Ballot Measures
Proposition 18: Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010 — Support (Moved to 2012 Ballot)
The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to support this measure because it is a vital step forward to restore and improve our water system. Unless action is taken, experts warn that our state will face continued water shortages, the potential for catastrophic failure of our water delivery system, and environmental collapse in areas vital to drinking water and wildlife. www.waterforca.com
Proposition 19: Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 — Oppose
The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to oppose the measure because it would drive up costs and significantly undermine the ability of employers to protect the safety of all employees in the workplace. If this measure were approved, employers, including the State of California, would be faced with the burden of proving that an employee who tests positive for marijuana is “actually impaired” from performing the job before taking any adverse action against the employee. This process would delay disciplinary actions used to protect workplace safety and drive up costs due to increased litigation. In addition, the CalChamber Board voted to oppose the act because it threatens state and federal contracts and grants. If passed, this initiative could result in employers losing public contracts and grants because they could no longer effectively enforce the drug-free workplace requirements outlined by the federal government.
Proposition 20: Redistricting of Congressional Districts – Voters FIRST Act for Congress — Support
The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to support the measure because it is a critically important part of election reform, helping to make the congressional redistricting process more open, fair and transparent in addition to increasing competition in elections. This proposed act would extend the successful Proposition 11 provisions from 2008 to give the Citizens Redistricting Commission the additional authority to draw new boundaries for U.S. congressional districts in 2011. Currently, there are 53 congressional districts in California, 34 Democrat members and 19 Republican members. Only one seat has changed parties over the last decade when Democrat Jerry McNerney defeated Republican Richard Pombo in the 11th Congressional District in 2006. www.votersfirstact.org
Proposition 22: Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act — Support
The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to support the measure because it would protect investments in transportation projects that help generate economic activity and create jobs and because it would keep the state from relying on short-term borrowing to fund continued deficit spending. This proposed initiative would revoke the state’s ability to borrow from local government property tax funds currently authorized by Proposition 1A of 2004 and prohibit the state from borrowing Proposition 42 funds (gas tax), which voters have dedicated to transportation and mass transit. In addition, the measure would further prevent the state from redirecting or borrowing from sources of other funds established to pay for public transit and transportation projects.
Proposition 24: Repeal Corporate Tax Loopholes Act – Oppose
The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to oppose this proposal because it repeals recently enacted tax benefits, the elective single sales factor, net operating loss (NOL) carryback, and tax credit sharing. It would additionally repeal the recently enacted expansion of the NOL carryover from 10 to 20 years. www.stopthejobstax.com
Proposition 25: On Time Budget Act of 2010 – Oppose
The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to oppose this proposed measure because they believe it will give the majority party too much power and eliminate the option of referendum for fees or fee increases that are part of a budget appropriation. The measure would exempt the budget bill and other bills providing for appropriations related to the budget bill from the existing two-thirds vote requirement, and provide that those take effect immediately.
Proposition 26: Stop Hidden Taxes Initiative – Support
The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to support this proposed measure because it closes a loophole in the law that allows the Legislature to raise, by a majority vote rather than the required two-thirds vote, taxes on products and services simply by calling them “fees” instead of “taxes.” Hidden taxes and fees work against job creation, driving businesses out of our state and forcing many small businesses to close. www.nomorehiddentaxes.com
Proposition 27: Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting - Oppose
The CalChamber Board of Directors voted to oppose this initiative because it overturns the California Voters First Act reform (Proposition 11 of 2008), which the CalChamber supported. Proposition 11 allows the voters to select their elected representatives. The CalChamber believes California cannot afford to return to a system where the politicians select their voters. Although Proposition 11 is not popular with politicians, it is strongly supported by a bipartisan coalition of consumer, senior, public interest, taxpayer, community and business groups.
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