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Posted on December 13, 2011 by the Website Workers Council

The Peace and Freedom Party supports five ballot measures that will be voted on in November, 2012 -- but only if supporters collect hundreds of thousands of signatures to get them on the ballot. They would tax incomes overs $1,000,000, tax oil extraction to fund education, end the death penalty in California, and shut down the state's two remaining nuclear power plants, and ensure marriage equality.

Please help the sponsors get these measures on the ballot. Links to each campaign are provided below.

Millionaires Tax

We say "tax the rich and their corporations!". This is one way. For another, see the oil extraction tax measure below.

Official summary --Adds 3 percent to personal income tax rate on annual earnings over $1,000,000; adds 5 percent for earnings over $2,000,000. Allocates new revenues as follows: 36 percent for K-12 schools, 24 percent for public colleges and universities, 25 percent for services to children and senior citizens, 10 percent for public safety, and 5 percent for road and bridge maintenance. Provides local governments discretion to decide, subject to financial audits, how to spend new funds, except funds cannot go toward capital outlay or certain administrative costs. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state personal income tax revenues dedicated to public universities, school districts, community college districts, and other local public services. Estimates of the revenue increases vary—for 2012-13, from $6 billion to $9.5 billion and for 2013-14, from $4 billion to $6 billion. These revenues would tend to grow in later years.

Full text: click here
Sponsor: Coalition for Restoring California
Petition Deadline: July 2, 2012 (much earlier to get this on the November ballot)
Valid Signatures Required: 504,760
Election date: depends on when signatures are turned in

To find out how you can help, click here.

Marriage Equality

Gays and lesbians must have the same right to marry as heterosexual couples.

Official summary --Repeals the current provision in California's Constitution that states only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Provides that marriage is between only two persons and shall not be restricted on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Clarifies that the initiative shall not be interpreted to require any priest, minister, pastor, rabbi, or other person to perform a marriage in violation of his or her religious beliefs. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Over the long run, this measure would likely have little fiscal impact on state and local governments.

Full text: click here
Sponsor: Love Honor Cherish
Petition Deadline: May 14, 2012
Valid Signatures Required: 807,615
Election date: November 6, 2012

To find out how you can help, click here.

Nuclear Power

Shut down the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear power plants!

Official summary -- Extends statutory preconditions, currently applicable to new operation of any nuclear powerplant, to existing Diablo Canyon and San Onofre operations. Before further electricity production at these plants, requires California Energy Commission to find federal government has approved technology for permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste. For nuclear powerplants requiring reprocessing of fuel rods, requires Commission to find federal government has approved technology for nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants. Both findings are subject to Legislature's rejection. Further requires Commission to find on case-by-case basis facilities will be available with adequate capacity to reprocess or store powerplant's fuel rods. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Likely major impacts on state and local finances in the near term in the form of decreased revenues and increased costs, potentially in the billions of dollars annually, due to near-term disruptions in the state's electricity system and ongoing electricity price increases. The magnitude of these impacts would depend on the frequency and duration of rolling blackouts. Potential major state costs to compensate utilities for investment losses resulting from the mandated shutdown of their nuclear power plants. Potential avoidance of significant future state and local government costs and lost revenues in the rare event of a major nuclear plant incident.

Full text: click here
Sponsor: Califonria Nuclear Iniative
Petition Deadline: April 16, 2012
Valid Signatures Required: 504,760
Election date: November 6, 2012

To find out how you can help, click here.

Death Penalty Repeal

While the Peace and Freedom Party has always opposed and continues to oppose sentences of "life without the possibility of parole," we nevertheless endorse this initiative to end the death penalty in order to stop executions in California

Official summary --Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. Requires persons found guilty of murder to work while in prison, with their wages to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. Creates $100 million fund to be distributed to law enforcement agencies to help solve more homicide and rape cases. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net savings to the state and counties that could amount to the high tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis due to the elimination of the death penalty. One-time state costs totaling $100 million from 2012-13 through 2015-16 to provide funding to local law enforcement agencies.

Full text: click here
Sponsor: SAFE California Campaign
Petition Deadline: March 19, 2012
Valid Signatures Required: 504,760
Election date: November 6, 2012

To find out how you can help, click here.

Tax on California Oil and Natural Gas.

California is the only state without an oil extraction tax. Tax the wealthy and their corporations! For another way to do this, see the Millionaires Tex measure above.

Official summary --Imposes 15 percent tax on value of oil and natural gas extracted in California to supplement education funding, for purposes of reducing class size, reducing tuition, restoring classes cut, providing instructional materials and hiring teachers and professors. Allocates tax revenues as follows: 11 percent to University of California; 14 percent to California State University; 38 percent to community colleges; 37 percent to K-12. Prohibits reduction of existing education-funding levels based on these additional tax revenues. Prohibits passing tax through to consumers by way of higher fuel prices. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues from a new oil and gas severance tax of around $3 billion per year. These revenues would be allocated to education and would likely result in increased state funding of various education programs.

Full text: click here
Sponsor: Rescue Education California
Petition Deadline: April 19, 2012
Valid Signatures Required: 504,760
Election date: November 6, 2012

To find out how you can help, click here.

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