PROPOSITION 22 -- LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Prohibits state from shifting, taking, borrowing, or restricting use of revenues dedicated to local government services, community redevelopment projects, and transportation projects and services. Prohibits the state from delaying distribution of tax revenues for these purposes. Major funding support provided by League of California Cities and California Alliance for Jobs (a group including Associated General Contractors, Operating Engineers, Carpenters Union, and Association of Engineering Construction Employers).
Proposed GPCA Position
GPCA urges a "No" vote on this matter
For Greens and Progressives this proposition appears to be a good thing: local levels of government are presumably more responsive to local issues therefore this will lead to more grassroots control of the purse. And there is no doubt that the state government has been somewhat high-handed recently in its approach to struggling cities and counties.
Yet through use (some would say "abuse") of the direct democracy system, each election cycle leaves our State Senators and Assemblymembers, from whatever party, with less and less room to move when trying to manage our state's affairs. This has led us to more partisanship, more back-room deal making (ex: Prop 24), and more bad government.
In conclusion, let's not try to manage our budgets piece-meal or by whatever bill of goods The Big Money can sell to the voters in this election or that. Instead let's change out the people we send to Sacramento to represent us and then those chosen representatives do their job.
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