Democratic Party Picks State Ballot Measures to Support

The party's executive board plans to support Gov. Jerry Brown's sales and income tax measure and not the competing Proposition 38.

The California Democratic Party Executive Board Sunday voted to support Proposition 30 -- the November ballot measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to increase the sales and income taxes -- and to oppose Proposition 38, which would increase the income tax to bolster funding for education.

In its meeting in Anaheim, the board also voted to support Proposition 34, which would end the death penalty in California;

-- Proposition 35, which would increase criminal penalties for human trafficking;

-- Proposition 36, which would make changes to the state's three strikes law; Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically engineered food; and

-- Proposition 40, a referendum of the new state Senate district boundaries.   The board also voted to oppose Proposition 31, which would establish a two- year state budget cycle and make other changes to the state budget process;

-- Proposition 32, which would prohibit unions, corporations, government contractors and state and local government employers from spending money deducted from an employee's paycheck for political purposes; and

-- Proposition 33, which would allow insurers to offer discounts to new customers who can prove they were continuously covered over the previous five years.

The board voted to stay neutral on Proposition 39, which would change the way multistate businesses calculate how much income taxes they owe.

- City News Service, via Glendora Patch

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