PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Opinion

The Mountain Democrat recommends

By From page A4 | November 05, 2012

Judge, Superior Court

Joseph Hoffman

Supervisor District 3

Brian Veerkamp

City Council

George Lowry, Carol Patton

Proposition 30 — No

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to raise sales taxes 1/4 cent and top marginal income taxes from 8 percent to 12.3 percent. This will kill a sluggish economic revival, send business out of state and slow employment gains. Cut government spending, not private enterprise.

Proposition 31 — No

This proposition has so many moving parts it is impossible to predict what this would do. It can be summarised as promoting a two-year state budget cycle and local power sharing. More succinctly, it is a backdoor scheme to force through regional government.

Proposition 32 — Yes

This would require unions to get consent of individual members before using dues for political purposes. The long-term effect would be to put the brakes on union domination of the state Legislature, governor, large local agencies and school boards.

Proposition 33 — Yes

This will allow insurance companies to offer continuous coverage discounts even if the driver changes insurance companies. This is an improvement and a benefit to anyone who doesn’t let their insurance lapse more than 90 days.

Proposition 34 — No

This measure seeks to eliminate the death penalty by using the sophistry that it would save money. We find that argument cynical. We can think of at least three cruel and depraved murderers from El Dorado County who deserve nothing less than execution. It’s too bad the death penalty wasn’t in effect when Charlie Manson was convited of murder.

Proposition 35 — Yes

This measure increases prison terms and fines for both human traffickers and sex traffickers. In looking at this measure we are reminded of the sex trafficking case in El Dorado Hills, where a developmentally delayed girl was taken to Vallejo for sex trafficking by an El Dorado Hills man. Bigger penalties for these types of criminals will keep them off the streets longer.

Proposition 36 — No

This would not only dumb down the Three Strikes Law that has helped reduce the crime rate, but it would allow thousands of cons to clog our courts as they seek resentencing if this passes.

Proposition 37 — No

This would require grocery stores to label certain selected foods as genetically modified. This is an unnecessary expense that will just drive up the cost of groceries and leave shoppers beating their heads against the wall, asking who thought up this insane scheme?

Proposition 38, No

Put on the ballot by the liberal daughter of Warren Buffet’s business partner, this would raise taxes on everyone to pay more to schools, early childhood education and state bond payments. Why do billionaires think the rest of us working people ought pay more taxes? This is just another economy killer.

Proposition 39 — No

This eliminates a tax option for multi-state companies. In other words, it raises business taxes and then just wastes the increase on “projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs.” Isn’t it enough that the federal government has wasted billions on these mythical green jobs?

Proposition 40 — No

A yes vote endorses the way the Citizens Commission arranged the state Senate districts. A no vote will put that task into the hands of the state Supreme Court, which did an excellent job when Gov. Wilson was able to turn it over the court. We prefer the courts.

Local Measure L — Yes

This sets a uniform rate throughout the county to support the Main Library and all branches equally. Some zones will see their library tax reduced. The new rate will be $17.58 per improved parcel, $8.78 for each unimproved parcel, $14.06 for each apartment and $1 for each time share. Everybody pays a fair share this way.

Mountain Democrat

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