CCRC Endorsements

Click to download a PDF of our California 2012 ballot measure recommendations, which were decided upon by the CCRC Steering Committee. Not all member organizations of CCRC endorse each of the positions. Please register to vote by October 22.

Proposition 30 – Governor Brown’s Initiative to Fund Schools & Essential Services
Raises income taxes on top 2% of Californians to fund schools and essential services such as healthcare and public safety.Also, includes quarter cent (1/4 cent) sales tax. More info:

Proposition 31 California Forward/Think Long Initiative
Misguided “reforms” that adds layer upon layer of restrictions and poorly defined requirements, leaving key decisions up to unelected bureaucrats. Implements a spending cap which would make it difficult to restore funding to programs decimated by previous budget cuts. More info:

Proposition 32 Special Exemptions
Would increase corporate power and essentially eliminate the voices of working people in California politics. This initiative poses as ‘campaign finance reform’ but has been referred to more accurately as Citizens United on steroids.

Proposition 33 Auto Insurance
Though some argue this initiative is ultimately good for consumers, there is concern that not all consumers would be protected and some would be left paying more than others because of access to coverage.
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Proposition 34 Replace the Death Penalty with LWOP
Will replace California’s broken death penalty with justice that works for everyone. Proposition 34 replaces the death penalty with life in prison with absolutely no chance of parole. It will guarantee we will never execute an innocent person, requires convicted killers to work and pay restitution to the victim’s compensation fund. Will save $1 billion in five years and directs $100 million to law enforcement to solve more rapes and murders. More info:

Proposition 35 Human Trafficking
Increases penalties for human trafficking, sex offenses and imposes new restrictions on registered sex offenders. Some components of this initiative will likely be found unconstitutional. Also, it increased penalties within the troubled criminal justice system, which incarcerates people of color and the poor at a disproportionately high rate. More info:

Proposition 36 Three Strikes Reform
Revises the three strikes law to impose life sentence only when the new felony conviction is “serious or violent.” Authorizes re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences. Saves $100 million a year. More info:

Proposition 37 Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling
“Right-to-know’ initiative would require clear labels informing consumers if foods are genetically modified. Would become the first law of its kind in the nation though 40 countries globally already require labeling. More info:

Proposition 38 Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs
Prop 38 raises ten billion dollars annually to restore funding to Pre-K through high school by raising rates on income, using a sliding scale based on the ability to pay, with the wealthiest Californians paying the most. More info:

Proposition 39 Close Corporate Tax Loophole
Closes a corporate tax loophole and raises $1 billion per year. Dedicates $550 million annually for five years to fund projects that “create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs” in California. More info:

Proposition 40 Redistricting
A “yes” vote will approve the new State Senate districts drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (created by 2008’s Prop 11). A “no” vote will require the districts to be drawn again. More info: