Every vote counts for supporters of Proposition 39, but some votes are arguably more influential than others. One that fits into this category is the recent endorsement by President pro tempore of the California State Senate, Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg’s views will resonate with a wide audience in different ways, and there is no doubt that he has the needs of the people in mind.
Like many other leaders across California, Steinberg is optimistic for a level playing field.
Proposition 39 is all about restoring some sense of equality to the Californian job market. The major change here is the closure of that loophole and the implementation of a single sales factor for multi-state companies. The idea here is that the current landscape is completely unfair to the average Californian worker, businessman, and taxpayer. Steinberg sees no reason why out-of-state companies should enjoy tax breaks, while local entrepreneurs suffer. Business opportunities in California should favor those in the state, with improved revenue and job opportunities.
He also runs with the idea of, if other states can see the benefit here, why can’t we?
Steinberg is keen to point out that this issue is not new to California, as other local governments dealt with the problem in the past. However, California is one of the few to let it continue for so long. Twenty-three other states across America have already closed this loophole in their laws to enjoy the benefits. Steinberg feels that it is high time that California followed suit with this “no-brainer” approach. He has no doubt the result will mean greater competition and economic benefits for the area. He believes that the time has come to put the power in the hands of the people to deal with the issue once and for all.
Of course, there is also the added fact that there are billions of dollars in revenue to share out across the state.
There is a reliable forecast that this proposition will allow for $1 billion in revenue per year. This is the money saved by cutting off these tax breaks and favors for out-of-state companies. Leaders are set to split this revenue between public services and green energy initiatives for the first five years. This means five years of opportunities to improve local education and health facilities for workers and their families. It also provides new ventures for energy efficiency and green energy for skilled Californian workers.
The steady stream of growing support for Proposition 39 is impressive. There are many spokespeople from many organizations highlighting the potential of the measure.
Many have some vested interest in the income concerning personal gains – such as the labor leaders looking for job prospects, or the nurses after an improvement in healthcare with the revenue money. Proposition 39 is joined by educational groups, business organizations, labor unions, and other groups including the American Lung Association/California, California Alliance for Retired Americans, CA NOW, California Church IMPACT, Latin Business Association, California Labor Federation, the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and the California League of Conservation Voters.
This growing list of Yes-voting politicians is important. There is the sense with some voters that there is a divide between the lawmakers and the people on this issue. They watch as lobbyists and cash incentives seem to block proposals to clear this loophole. This high-end endorsement is encouraging for all those considering their vote on Prop 39.