Politics

California ballot filled to burst with measures for November 2012

A dozen measures have qualified for the fall election -- and now Californians are faced with some tough, critical decisions.
A dozen measures have qualified for the fall election -- and now Californians are faced with some tough, critical decisions.
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California voters will be bombarded with questions in November from raising their own taxes to ending executions and limiting lifetime sentences for career criminals.

The marquee matchup is likely to be between competing tax measures promoted by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and wealthy Los Angeles civil rights attorney Molly Munger. Munger's initiative would increase income taxes for most Californians on a sliding scale for 12 years; the initiative focuses on re-funding public education.

Brown's initiative takes a different approach, increasing the state sales tax in addition to raising taxes on California's wealthiest. The governor's tax initiative combines his previous tax increase initiative with the "Millionaires' Tax."

Other ballot measures include a challenge to the hotly debated and controversial new political boundaries drawn for state Senate districts, tougher penalties for human sex trafficking and initiatives affecting auto insurance rates, genetically altered food and the establishment of a two-year state budget cycle

Additionally, labor unions are facing a high-stakes fight over political contributions with the "Paycheck Protection Act". The act would ban the use of payroll deductions for political purposes.

The measures are among a dozen that qualified for the fall election by Thursday's deadline. The number is likely to drop to 11 next week when state lawmakers plan to again postpone voters' consideration of a water bond.

A full list of the measures (and what each does) is below.