Measures on water projects, cap-and-trade spending on ballot

Californians voting on five proposed ballot measures.

Published on June 5, 2018 10:03AM


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians heading to the polls on Tuesday are voting on five proposed statewide ballot measures:

Proposition 68: The measure would let the state borrow $4 billion through general obligation bonds for parks, water infrastructure and conservation projects. It includes more than $1.2 billion to build and improve state and local parks. It would also authorize $550 million to guard communities against flooding and $200 million to help preserve the shrinking Salton Sea.

Supporters include conservation groups and water agencies.

Proposition 69: The measure would amend the state constitution to require money raised from a new diesel tax and from vehicle fees to be spent on transportation projects. Lawmakers put this proposition on the ballot when they passed a gas tax hike last year.

Supporters include groups representing construction companies and workers, who could benefit as the state spends more to fix roads and other transportation projects.

Republicans want to put a separate initiative on the November ballot that would repeal the gas tax increase. They argue that even if Proposition 69 passes, creative lawyers will find ways to divert the money elsewhere.

Proposition 70: This proposition would require the Legislature to vote in 2024 on how to allocate revenue from the cap-and-trade program, which generates billions of dollars annually by requiring polluters to buy permits to release greenhouse gases.

Existing state law requires a quarter of the money to be spent on the state’s high-speed rail project, which Republicans generally oppose. Proceeds also go to affordable housing and transit projects. The 2024 vote would be a one-time reset of the spending plan and require support from two-thirds of lawmakers to pass.

The measure could give Republicans a greater say in how the money is spent and was part of a deal last year to extend cap-and-trade to 2030.

Proposition 71: The measure would change the effective date for propositions from the day after the election to five days after election results are certified. This amendment to the state constitution pushes the effective start date for voter-enacted policies back about six weeks. Backers say it would ensure all votes are counted before new policies are enacted.

Proposition 72: The proposition would amend the state constitution to let Californians install rain-capture devices without increasing their property taxes even though they enhance property values. Supporters say the tax break would encourage people to install the water-saving devices, which can be helpful in a state prone to drought.



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