Good Morning Gentle Readers,
TWC is probably breaking some law by mouthing off, but here goes.
Prop 19: Yes. I usually don't take a yes position that results in more taxes. Pot has been illegal for 75 years and during that time the Drug War has turned America into a police state in the futile effort to stop people from smoking dope. Let's focus those billions of dollars on violent crime and leave the potheads alone. No, I don't smoke pot*, but I know people who do. They pay their bills, take their kids to church, hold jobs, and some of them are Republicans.
Prop 21: No. It raises taxes and the bait is PARKS. Sacramento isn't hurting for cash. Sacramento spends money like a drunk sailor. Except the sailor is spending his own money.
Prop 22: Probably Yes. Stop Sacramento from spending county and local money because they can't stop shoveling cash into the furnace.
Prop 23: Yes. Assuming that greenhouse gases constitute a problem in the first place, California cannot solve a worldwide problem by killing its own economy.
Prop 24: No. This one is more complex, but the ads you've heard on TV from the public employees unions (who are the biggest spenders in this election) are deliberately misleading. Follow the money. Who benefits when taxes go up?
The new laws in place for business bring California into conformity with federal law with respect to net operating loss deductions. This is hardly a give away to rich people or megacorporations.
California loves to tax everything. The new laws allow companies doing business in more than one state to apportion their California taxable income according to how much business they actually do in California. Seems fair to me.
The new law also allows related companies to share tax credits.
A yes vote on Prop 24 *repeals* these three new laws.
Prop 25: No. A no vote retains the 2/3 requirement to enact a budget into law.
Prop 26: Yes. California agencies have figured out that if you call a tax a fee you don't need a two thirds majority to enact it or jack it up. This proposal rectifies some of that problem.
Vote Early! Vote Often!
*Yuppie Pot (Cabernet Sauvignon) is more my style.