Monday, June 22, 2015
The Potential Pension Initiative: Continued
One complication is that unions may have other ballot items to promote or oppose and there is a limit to how much they will want to spend in 2016. There may be some taxes on the ballot that will likely attract union financial support. Example:
Hoping to influence a special health care budget session, a coalition of labor and medical groups has put $2 million into an initiative to raise California’s tobacco tax and use the revenue to fund health care for low-income Californians. The money flowed from a coalition of groups that include SEIU California State Council – a union umbrella group whose members include thousands of health care workers – the California Medical Association, the California Dental Association, the American Cancer Society and groups promoting heart and lung health. Their twin ballot initiatives would impose a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes to fund health programs that include smoking prevention and Medi-Cal, California’s health insurance program for low-income residents...
Full story at http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article25118476.html
There are other tax proposals that may be coming, too, such as a change in Prop 13 allowing a "split roll" with non-residential property in one way or another assessed differently (paying more than at present). Such a move would likely attract support of teachers' unions and others. We will see.