Farm Bureau November Voter Guide


Issue Date: October 17, 2012

The California Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors adopted the following recommendations on statewide ballot measures.

Proposition 30 – Temporary Taxes
Enacts a seven-year increase in personal income tax and four-year increase in sales tax to fund education and public safety as determined by the Legislature.

No Position

Proposition 31 – State Budget & Local Government
Establishes a two-year budget cycle in addition to creating de facto regional government in the form of regional action plans to influence how local governments fund and provide public services.
 

NO

Proposition 32 – Restrictions on Political Contributions
Bans the use of payroll deductions to finance spending for political purposes and prohibits corporations and unions from making political contributions.

YES

 
Proposition 33 – Auto Insurance Pricing
Amends previous insurance reforms to change the rating factors under which insurance companies offer discounts to drivers.

No Position

Proposition 34 – Death Penalty Repeal
Repeals the death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

No Position

Proposition 35 – Human Trafficking
Increases prison sentences and fines for human-trafficking convictions and requires those convicted to register as sex offenders.

YES

 
Proposition 36 – Three-Strikes Law Revision
Revises the three-strikes law to impose a life sentence only when the third conviction is for a serious or violent felony.
 

NO

Proposition 37 – Genetically Engineered Foods
Requires California-only labeling of genetically engineered foods; creates the potential for lawsuits even when a farmer does not produce biotech crops; bans use of the word "natural" on most processed food labels.
 

NO

Proposition 38 – Tax to Fund Education
Uses ballot-box budgeting to fund K-12 education, early childhood education and the repayment of general obligation bond debt by increasing the marginal personal income tax rates for 12 years for nearly all Californians.
 

NO

Proposition 39 – Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses
Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of sales in California; uses ballot-box budgeting to fund clean energy projects and job training in clean energy.
 

NO

Proposition 40 – Redistricting Referendum
Validates the California State Senate districts as drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission; due to a state Supreme Court decision, this measure is no longer relevant.

No Position

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