McClintock on the Propositions

By Tom McClintock on January 15, 2008

Prop. 91 Transportation Funding Protection: YES!  This measure flatly prohibits Sacramento from raiding our highway taxes to paper over their budget deficits.  When a watered-down version of Prop. 91 was adopted by the legislature, its sponsors dropped this measure after it qualified.  Nevertheless, if you want to genuinely protect our transportation taxes from being raided, Prop 91 is the Real McCoy.

Prop. 92 Guaranteed Funding for Community Colleges: NO! This can best be described as a Prop. 98 for community colleges – guaranteeing them a growing level of funding from the state’s tax revenues regardless of their actual attendance, their performance or the state’s fiscal condition and priorities.  If you like straight-jackets, you’ll love Prop. 92.

Prop. 93 Term Limits: NEUTRAL.  Current term limits are a maximum of 14 years in the legislature: six in the Assembly and eight in the Senate – which is why you see so much office-hopping.  Prop. 93 reduces the maximum to 12 years in the legislature, but allows them to be served in the same house.  Since I’ve only served eight years in the Senate, Prop. 93 would give me one final term; if it fails I must retire this year.  Because I have a conflict of interest, I’m staying out if it. 

Propositions 94-97 Indian Gaming Compacts: YES!  These propositions ratify the compacts that allow four tribes to expand their casinos.  I’m not a gambler, but it’s none of government’s business how people spend their money.  I’m tired of government restrictions on enterprise, and I’m tired of government telling us what we can and can’t do.  And our economy desperately needs the new jobs and investment.