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The Executive Committee of Central Association endorses three Ballot Propositions on the Nov. 8 California ballot.

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Support:  Prop 62 which would Repeal the Death Penalty as the maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.  This proposition applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death.  Persons found guilty of murder must work while in prison and up to 60% of wages can be garnished for victim restitution fines.

Support:  Prop 64 – This proposition would legalize marijuana and hemp under state law.  It designates state agencies to license and regulate the marijuana industry.  It imposes state excise tax on the retail sale of marijuana.  It exempts medical marijuana from some taxation; establishes packaging , labeling, advertising, and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana.  Prohibits marketing and advertising marijuana to minors and authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions.

Note:  from 2:30-3:00 at our Fall Association meeting (Sat. Oct. 29) there will be a presentation on this ballot proposition, especially as it affects the African American community.

Support:  PROPOSITION 55 – Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

This proposition would extend for another 12 years (2018-2030) part of the tax increase voters approved in 2012. It would impact those earning over $250,000 for individuals, $500,000 for joint filers. This would raise, based on stock market fluctuations, between $4-9 billion annually. The sales tax raised in 2012 will expire in 2018 and not be renewed by this measure. Half the revenue will go to schools with 89% to K-12, 11% to community colleges, to be spend entirely on education not administration and allocated locally by school boards subject to audit. Health spending for low-income people will be $0 to $2 billion annually with the Governor’s office determining Medi-Cal resources vs spending necessities. Between $0 and $1.5 billion will be directed to the reserve and debt payments based on Proposition 2 mandates from 2014. This proposition will do a great deal to prevent the fiscal meltdown of the pre-Proposition 30 that resulted in teacher staff reductions, overcrowded classrooms and longer college waits for completion, and cutbacks in health care services.

For the complete official language of each ballot proposition, please refer to the official language as prepared by the California Secretary of State.

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