JULY 26, 2019____
The LA Times Editorial Board did a good job
outlining a new legislative proposal
that is trying to take away voter transparency. In a last minute gut and amend
of Senate Bill #268, the proponents are clearly trying to ram this bill through
the legislative process with very little public input. They claim that
providing the rate and duration of a tax increase on the 75-word ballot label (as the Bill I authored several years ago requires) is
confusing to voters.
However, there is absolutely no proof of that. In fact, the
passage rate of bonds is currently over 80 percent, which clearly doesn't
support their argument. All the data shows that when voters are confused, they
are more likely to vote no. With that high of a passage rate, it seems clear
that voters are willing to support bonds and the corresponding tax increase if
they agree with how the money is spent.
What’s even more
telling is that I proposed an amendment that
would simplify what the proponents would have to include in the ballot label.
It would say, “this measure increases property
taxes – see voter guide for information.”
That amendment was
flatly rejected, shedding a light on the proponents’ main objective, which is
to hide tax increases from voters.
continue to fight against this effort to eliminate voter transparency.
It is an honor to
Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes
the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker,
Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin,
Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak
Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base,
Twin Peaks and Victorville.