California Common Sense (CACS) recenly released a non-partisan voter's guide for the propositions on the November 2012 ballot. The guide focuses on the propositions that will have major fiscal and structural impact on the State: Propositions 30, 31, 32, 36, 38, and 39. Concentrating on issues relevant to CACS’s previous research, the guide adds depth and context to the public discourse surrounding the propositions. It simplifies complex issues and cuts through hyperbolic rhetoric without omitting crucial detail. It arms voters with facts and meaningful analysis so that they can go to the polls with confidence.
Research Director Mike Polyakov said, “Our analyses extend beyond the typical campaign talking points. CACS provides the context to evaluate the substance and likely effects of the propositions, which every voter should have before stepping into the ballot box. Our guide offers depth, balance, and common sense.”
The voter's guide includes original summaries, details, and analysis of each proposition; relevant secondary research; and substantive arguments for and against. When possible, the guide includes campaign videos for and against each proposition, as well as links to campaign websites and related interactive data visualizations from CACS. It also offers a side-by-side comparison of Propositions 30 (Governor Brown’s tax increase) and 38 (Molly Munger’s tax increase).
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You can find the entire guide here.