Proposition 32, known as the "Paycheck Protection" Initiative, is on the November ballot in California. If approved, Proposition 32 will ban both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates, ban contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them, and ban automatic deductions by corporations, unions, and government of employees’ wages to be used for politics.
Those in favor of Proposition 32 argue that politicians take millions in campaign contributions from corporations and government unions and then vote the way those special interests tell them. Politicians end up working for special interests, not voters. The result: massive budget deficits and abuses like lavish pensions and bad teachers that can’t be fired. The hold these special interests have over California politicians stymies badly needed reforms in state government.
Arguments in opposition to Proposition 32 counter that Proposition 32 is not what it seems. Proposition 32 promises 'political reform' but is really designed by special interests to help themselves and harm their opponents. This measure says it prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. It says it also applies to corporations, so it sounds balanced. But 99% of California corporations don’t use payroll deductions for political giving; they would still be allowed to use their profits to influence elections. Passage of Proposition 32 will silence the union members and their voices.
Come and participate in our last debate before the elections!
(If you are interested in speaking for or against the motion or want to moderate, let the event organizer - Deborah - know.)