As I mentioned in our post, Register to Vote, there’s a lot at stake for independent and locally-owned businesses in this coming election. Now that you’re registered to vote, the next step is to educate yourself with not the candidate’s positions on issues important to you but also with the several measures on the ballot. I’m not trying to persuade you to vote one way or another but here is a list of propositions on the ballot that I believe could affect independent and locally-owned businesses. So for those of you who want to see our local communities thrive, pay close attention to the following:
- Prop 30 which raises the income tax rate on individuals who earn more than $250,000 a year and couples who earn more than $500,000 a year.
- Proposition 32 which would prohibit unions and some kinds of corporations from contributing directly to candidates or campaigns.
- Prop 38 which increases income tax rates on almost all Californians until 2025
- Prop 39 which would require multistate businesses would have to pay their income tax based on what percentage of their sales are in California.
Let me know if I missed something.
As for voter guides, I recommend checking out the following:
KQED and the California Report came out with a guide to the 2012 state ballot measures. They took each proposition on the California ballot and pulled it apart to extract just the main points and most important arguments.
There is also 18MillionRising’s guide which is a collaboration of APEN and MIV Action Fund, and is formally supported by 22 Asian Pacific Islander American-serving organizations and takes positions on 9 state ballot measures.
The Institute of Local Self Reliance‘s Stacy Mitchell recently came out with the Six Small Business Issues at Stake at this Election, a guide for small business owners on what to watch out for when voting for federal and state candidates. I thought that the guide was extremely informative and I recommend any small business owner and also to all of our fellow pro-local movement supporters out there to read it.
Personally, I am relying on Greenlining Institute’s recommendations because their mission resonates with me. Here’s a printable copy. The Greenling Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income communities and communities of color and they work on policies that make it possible for all communities to thrive. For more information on how they came up with this guide, check out their about us page.