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George Skelton's guide to California ballot measures

November 5, 2012 | 10:00 am

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Skelton hedFor any undecided voters left in California, George Skelton outlines in his Monday column how he thinks people should vote on Tuesday.

Just under half of the ballot measures pass his test. Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike plan, Proposition 30, is one of them. Skelton calls it a "Band-Aid on the bleeding state budget."

"It’s not perfect, but it’ll do for now," he says. 

Voting down the measure would cause billions of dollars in cuts to public schools.

"A yes vote means no cuts," he says. "A no vote brings out the machete."

Another tax measure, Proposition 39, is also good for the state, Skelton says. The initiative would change how corporate taxes are calculated, making out-of-state companies pay more and rolling back a bad decision made by lawmakers.

All of Skelton's columns are here.

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Photo: A clerk reviews a voters registry on election day in 2010. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
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