Through California’s system of ballot propositions, voters are asked to decide a range of policy questions, sometimes with a significant impact on how the state raises and spends tax revenues. The Budget Center’s analysis of ballot measures helps foster a greater understanding of their implications for state policy, public investment, and people and communities.
Proposition 55: Should California Maintain Higher Taxes on the Wealthiest to Fund Education, Health Care, and Other Services?
This Issue Brief examines Prop. 55, which will appear on the November 8, 2016 statewide ballot. Prop. 55 would extend for 12 years the Prop. 30 tax rate increases that affect the wealthiest Californians. This brief highlights the impact that Prop. 55 would have on state revenues and funding for public services.
Proposition 56: Should California Voters Increase the State Excise Tax on Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products?
This analysis examines Prop. 56, which would increase the price of tobacco products and provide state revenues for Medi-Cal and smoking-prevention efforts.
Proposition 57: Should Voters Provide State Officials With New Flexibility to Reduce the Prison Population?
This Issue Brief examines Prop. 57’s provisions and its possible impact on the state’s prison population.