League Supports Props 2 and 47 on Nov 4 Ballot

Election 2014 logoThere are six California measures on the November 4 ballot.

Here are recommendations from the LWC- California:

  Proposition 2, Rainy Day Fund — State Budget    Reserves:                                                 Support

The LWVC supports Prop 2, the Rainy Day Fund — State Budget Reserves, because it takes an important step toward fiscal discipline in our state government. It requires the state to make contributions to its rainy day reserve fund and pay down debts and liabilities when times are good, with increased contributions in years when revenues spike upwards. In bad times, those reserves can be used to reduce cuts in spending on schools, health care, public safety, and other vital services. Prop 2 requires joint action of the Governor and the Legislature to reduce the amount put in or to take money out of the rainy day fund.

          Proposition 47, Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act:                 Support

Prop 47 will ensure that prison spending is focused on violent and serious offenses and will maximize alternatives for non-serious, nonviolent crime. The savings generated will be invested in prevention and support programs in K-12 schools, victim services, and mental health and drug treatment. Prop 47 will change low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors; sentences for people convicted of dangerous crimes like rape, murder, and child molestation will not be changed. The League believes alternatives to imprisonment should be explored and utilized, taking into consideration the circumstances and nature of the crime.


We take positions on ballot measures based on program positions and/or on League Principles. Positions are based on member study and consensus. We have many positions, and many opportunities to act, so how does our board determine when to take action on statewide ballot measures, and on which items? Learn how we decided to make these recommendations. The League does not have positions on insurance rate regulation (Proposition 45) or malpractice insurance or drug testing (Proposition 46), so we have no recommendation on these measures.

Read about all of the November measures.

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