Ethan Explains California Proposition 55

Ethan Explains California Proposition 55

This is number 5 of 17 of the California statewide ballot initiatives that I’ll cover, Proposition 55. Proposition 55 is “The California Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase Initiative.”

Remember the Proposition 30 “temporary” tax increase for K-14 to save the children during the Great Recession? Proposition 55 is the nearly permanent extension of the .25% sales tax and large income tax increase for brackets of $250,000 and above.

Wait, what happened to temporary? Because of the Great Recession?

If you listen to the majority politicians in Sacramento, the economy in California is doing great! So, which is it: is it doing great or not? If it is then the temporary tax is ready for a sunset.

Further, the highly progressive income tax leaves this funding to the gyrations of the stock market, which is what caused the problem in the first place.

Lastly, even proponent of Prop 30 argued with me that Prop 30 had to pass so then they could go back and fix the structural problems with education in California. Which never happened.

I say NO to Proposition 55.

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Ethan Explains California Proposition 54

Ethan Explains California Proposition 54

This is number 4 of 17 California statewide ballot initiatives on the ballot this year. Here I talk about Proposition 54, the Public Display of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote proposition.

If we learned anything from the Affordable Care Act, it is that we need our legislators to actually look at legislation and make it available to the public for review. Before the vote. With enough time to actually read it.

Prop 54 requires that after a bill is finalized, a 72 hour period pass with the legislation posted online for public review.

Seems pretty logical that both we and the legislators have a chance to review legislation before a vote, doesn’t it?

The only people against this must like backroom dirty deals to sneak things past the public.

I say vote YES on Proposition 54.

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