If you watch the cable news channels you may have gotten the impression that the only place where voters matter is in the swing-states. At times it seems the two presidential candidates are running for President of Virginwiscoflohiowa. While that election is getting all the attention, there are some important votes in California that could swing the balance of political power away from middle-class Californians for years to come.
On the ballot this season is Proposition 32, an initiative which claims to bring an end to special interests spending in California elections. Sounds like a good idea, if that were what it actually did. Proposition 32 is a reboot of two previous attempts by Orange County based anti-union activists to stop the ability of unions to participate in California politics.
This weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program (SCRSP). The new law, SB 1234, establishes a VOLUNTARY pension program for California workers to assist them in supplementing their Social Security benefits which are arguably insufficient to support the financial needs of Californians once they retire.