California Proposition Results

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California’s 2020 Proposition results are trickling in as ballots are counted across the country.

Proposition 14- Stem Cell Research bond initiative

Provides funding for stem cell and neurological research.

Pros

Provides $5.5 billion towards the expansion of stem cell research.

Adds $1.5 billion to research and therapy of nervous system related conditions.

Cons

Will cost $260 million in taxes per year for 30 about years.  

Proposition 15- Increase funding for schools and communities through property tax

Commercial and industrial properties will be taxed on market value. Property worth under $3 million and commercial agricultural land will still be taxed on purchase price.

Pros

An estimated $11 billion in funding.  

All schools will earn at least $100 per student with full time enrollment.

Cons

Taxes on market value will be higher than property purchase price.  

Proposition 16- Repeal proposition 209 (banned affirmative action) (Not Passed)

Will allow public and federal institutions to have preferential treatment towards people based on race, gender, and religion when excepting employees or students.

Pros

May give minorities a chance to obtain positions where they are usually underrepresented.

Cons

Can be used to give certain groups preferential treatment in work and school.  

Employers can discriminate when it comes to hiring.  

Proposition 17- Parolee’s right to vote (Passed)

Felons now have the ability to vote once released on parole.  

Pros

Encourages participation in the right to vote.  

Cons

Hundreds of thousands in taxes to update voter registration systems and ballot materials.  

Proposition 18- Voting rights for 17-year-olds (Not Passed)

Allows 17-year-olds to vote if he/she is 18 by the time of the next general election.

Pros

Encourages participation in the right to vote.

Cons

About $1 million in taxes annually for specific materials for eligible teenagers.

Hundreds of thousands in taxes to update voter registration systems and ballots.

Proposition 19- Property tax transfers & wildfire and county funding

Individuals whose homes are destroyed in forest fires, severely disabled, or 55 and over can transfer their primary home’s tax value to any other residence in the state. Secondary properties must be reassessed at market value before transferring taxes.

Pros

Revenue from the measure will go to fighting wildfires, schools, and local governments.

Eligible individuals would be able to transfer property tax value unlimitedly. 

Cons

Tax benefits for transferral of property between family members may be limited.

Proposition 20- DNA collection and felonies (Not Passed)

Allows for certain types of theft and fraud to be labeled as felonies or misdemeanors depending on judges choice. Adds certain crimes to list of violent felonies. Also allows Collection of DNA for misdemeanor offenses.  

Pros

Intended to deter crime

Cons

Will raise the prison population

Will increase the cost of correction facilities, judiciary proceedings, and law enforcement by tens of millions 

Proposition 21- Rent control (Not Passed)

The government will limit the amount of money landowners charge tenants. Individuals who own two or less homes.

Pros

Lower cost of rent for tenants.

Cons

Decreased local revenue in housing market.

Less income for landlords.

Proposition 22- Ride share and delivery drivers as independent contractors (Passed)

App based transportation services will get the same benefits and limits as independent contractors. 

Pros

Drivers must undergo sexual harassment training, drug screening, and background checks.

The drivers will  receive some medical benefits.

Cons

Drivers are limited to 12 hour shifts followed by an equal amount of time off.  

Minor increase in state income tax.

Proposition 23- Dialysis Clinic regulations (Not Passed) 

Requires a physician to be on site at all times in order to accept and treat patients. Clinics may only close if permitted by the State Department.

Pros

Clinics can’t discriminate against patients on the basis of insurance plan.

Cons

 Dialysis Clinics won’t be able to open without a physician present.

Proposition 24- Consumer Privacy initiative (Passed)

Strengthens consumer privacy laws. Will bring about the creation of the Privacy Protection Agency to protect individual privacy.

Pros

Gives consumers the option to not let corporations monitor and sell personnel information.

Immediate penalization for businesses who break privacy laws.

Cons

State cost of at least $10 million for new agency.

Proposition 25- Abolishing money bail (Not Passed)

Replaces money bail with risk assessment which deems suspects as low, medium, and high risk threats.  

Pros

Those who cannot afford bail have a chance of getting out of custody. 

Lowers spending on county jails.

Cons

Medium risk offenders will be referred to a court or algorithm to determine if he/she will stay in jail or released until court date.  

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