Recommendations on statewide ballot measures important to taxpayers

After careful study of the 17 statewide ballot measures on the upcoming ballot, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has concluded that there are five measures that are important to California taxpayers — three measures would increase taxes or debt, while two will increase taxpayer protections. FACT concurs with HJTA’s recommendations:

Prop. 51, School facilities bond: VOTE NO
This $9 billion bond would add to what Gov. Brown has described as California’s “Wall of Debt.”  We can’t afford more debt, the repayment of which diverts money from other important programs.

Prop. 53, Stop Blank Checks: VOTE YES
Stop Blank Checks will close loopholes that allow politicians to commit to revenue bond debt without voter approval. No Blank Checks will ensure that California voters will have a say on all major state bond-funded projects over $2 billion.

Prop. 54, Legislature Transparency Act: VOTE YES
This measure would prohibit lawmakers from passing any bills until they are published on the Internet and in print for at least 72 hours before the vote occurs. No more “midnight lawmaking” where bills are passed without public review.

Prop. 55, Extension of Income taxes: VOTE NO
When voters approved an income tax increase in 2012, the politicians promised the increase would be temporary. Now, with Prop. 55, they want to extend what are the highest marginal income tax rates in all 50 states.

Prop. 56, Tobacco Tax Increase: VOTE NO
Another effort to funnel more money into efforts overseen by government entities and special interests that excel at squandering much of the taxpayer money they already receive.

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