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U N I T E D C O N T R A C T O R S G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A 2 0 1 2 B A L L O T I N I T I AT I V E S NOVEMBER 2012 STATEWIDE BALLOT INITIATIVES I N I T I AT I V E P O S I T I O N R E C O M M E N D AT I O N S Contributed by: United Contractors Government Relations Committee, Director of Government Relations, Emily Cohen, and United Contractors Legislative Advocate, Kevin Pedrotti United Contractors has created this November 2012 Voters’ Guide with your business and our industry in mind. With the input and agreement of our Government Relations Committee, Board of Directors and staff, long and hard about what is best for the state and fate of our industry. it is meant to help you gain information and insights into the ballot With this Voters’ Guide, you can be assured that no other factors come measures that will have direct impacts on our industry. into play. We are focused on strengthening California’s construction industry—nothing else. On November 6, 2012 you will have ten ballot measures in front of you. You will have a say on everything from taxes (twice, in fact) to the As your Director of Government Relations and your Legislative state budgeting process; from political money to food labeling; from Advocate, and on behalf of United Contractors Government Relations human trafficking to auto insurance. This November’s ballot will be long and cumbersome, but the issues are significant. Make no mistake Committee and Board of Directors, we strongly encourage you to take a good look at each of the initiatives on this year’s ballot. Many of them —many of these ballot measures will have real consequences for California will entail significant policy changes in California, and will impact your business and your pocket book. These are major decisions and our industry. that can help or hurt our industry as we attempt to navigate Whether we have taken a “Yes,” through such incredibly challenging and difficult times. a “No,” or a “Neutral” position, UCON has thought Let’s make sure industry has a voice. Vote! 2 0 1 2 C A L I F O R N I A B A L L O T I N I T I AT I V E S PROPOSITION 30 Jerry Brown’s Tax Increase: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education, Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are spent. Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.1 On one hand: Prop 30 is the only initiative which addresses the state’s chronic budget mess. CA cannot balance the budget on cuts-only without drastically harming the state. Prop 30’s taxes are temporary, balanced and necessary for vital state service. This measure will help stabilize the state budget. On the other: Politicians and special interests want to continue their out-of-control spending, but not make meaningful reforms. Tax increases will harm industry businesses and hamstring job growth. The tax rate is already high enough – and many would argue it’s too high. UNITED CONTRACTORS: NEUTRAL

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