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Crowded Field Of Ballot Initiatives

Eleven ballot measures will go before California voters in November, and the Secretary of State has released the order that they will appear on the ballot.


At the top will be Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to increase the state sales tax and incomes taxes on earners making over $250K. It was placed at the top by an act of the California legislature. A judge this week rejected a lawsuit filed by proponents of a competing tax measure, which would raise taxes on most all Californians, with the premise of helping education. Attorneys for the group Our Children, Our Future argued that their initiative should have qualified first because it turned in signatures earlier than Brown’s campaign. The ruling has already been appealed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.


As it stands right now, here is how the initiatives will appear on the ballot:


Proposition 30 – Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.


Proposition 31 – State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.


Proposition 32 – Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 33 – Changes Law to Allow Auto Insurance Companies to Set Prices Based on a Driver’s History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 34 – Death Penalty Repeal. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 35 – Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 36 – Three Strikes Law. Sentencing for Repeat Felony Offenders. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 37 – Genetically Engineered Foods. Mandatory Labeling. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 38 – Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 39 – Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 40 – Redistricting. State Senate Districts. Referendum.


To view a description of each ballot measure from the Secretary of State’s Office, click here.