The Schools and Public Safety Protection Act of 2012
The state budget has been hit hard by the recession, on top of the overall problem of not enough revenue to provide important public services. This measure prevents $6 billion in immediate cuts to schools, colleges, and local public safety by raising income taxes on the wealthy and temporarily increasing the state sales tax by 1/4 cent.
It's an important investment on the road to recovery.
The Special Exemptions Act
The non-partisan California League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and newspapers throughout the state are calling this measure "deceptive," "biased," and "one-sided."
Governor Pete Wilson tried and failed. And then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tried and failed. The initiative's corporate special interests are trying to rewrite the rules in their favor, giving them special exemptions to spend unlimited amounts of secret money to influence elections.
Even worse, it's designed to single out and limit the voices of teachers, analysts, firefighters, nurses and all state employees on issues important to all Californians.