The Chamber’s stance on November propositions
Following a review of ballot measures by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee and the Board of Director’s Executive Committee, the Chamber has taken the following positions on those November ballot propositions that affect businesses in Carlsbad.
More information on both sides of each issue is available at www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions and at www.ballotpedia.org by clicking on “Ballot Measures. Members are also encouraged to access the Chamber’s Public Policy Guide online at www.carslbad.org.
• The Chamber SUPPORTS the $497-million MiraCosta College Facilities Bond, the proceeds of which will go toward renovation of facilities to address safety, accessibility and maintenance issues, and also toward program needs. The Chamber Policy Guide takes the position that a strong educational infrastructure helps to maintain the educated workforce essential for a productive economy. Information is available at www.miracosta.edu.
The Chamber OPPOSES the following measures because of their potential negative impacts on businesses, including those in Carlsbad:
Prop. 30: Sales and Income Tax Increase: this is popularly known as the Governor’s tax proposition. It would increase the sales tax to 7.5 percent from 7.25 and would create three new levels of income tax for those with taxable incomes exceeding $250,000. It is supported by the California Democratic Party and a number of employee unions. It is opposed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Chamber of Commerce.
Prop. 38: Molly Munger State Income Tax Increase: Named after its chief proponent, this tax measure differs primarily in the fact that its proceeds, estimated at $10 billion, would be funneled into education. It is seen as in opposition to the Governor’s Prop. 30. It is also opposed by the state Chamber.
Prop. 39: Income Tax Increase for Multi-state Businesses: This would require such businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. Opposition is based on the belief that the measure would discourage businesses in California and cost the state jobs.
The Chamber SUPPORTS Prop. 32, an initiative that would “prohibit the government from deducting union dues from government employee paychecks that will be used for political purposes.”
The measure bans contributions to candidate-controlled committees by corporations and labor unions. Those that favor the proposition say it is “about the stranglehold that special interests have over California’s political system.” Those opposing say that the measure is “merely a cover for another blatant attempt to reduce funds for liberal candidates while letting contributions to conservatives continue unfettered.”
The Chamber urges its members to further study all ballot measures in order to make informed decisions in November.
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