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Capitol Roundup:New Poll On Ballot Measures; Legislative Staff Get Pay Raises

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The poll by California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University shows of the 11 statewide ballot measures, only four have at least 60 percent support.
Those include increasing human sex trafficking penalties, preventing unions from deducting political contributions from paychecks, revamping the state's three strikes sentencing law, and mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods.
56-percent of Californians approve of Governor Jerry Brown's tax initiative while 39-percent oppose it. 
The initiative backed by Molly Munger that would raise taxes on almost all Californians received much less support, only 35 percent approve it.
The online poll allowed voters to see each ballot measure's title and summary.

Legislative Staff Gets Pay Raise

Taxpayer groups are angry over California lawmakers' decision to give raises to legislative employees.

Both the state Senate and the Assembly have awarded merit increases of up to five percent to hundreds of their employees.

The raises come at the same time other state workers have had their pay cut with monthly furlough days.

Jon Coupal is with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

He says the legislative staff pay raises will serve as ammunition in the campaign against Governor Jerry Brown's tax initiative this fall.

COUPAL: "The fact that any raises have been given in the last two years during a period of time when California is suffering 11 percent unemployment just tremendously demonstrates the disconnect between our political elite and ordinary Californians."

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced a one year pay freeze for Senate staff, but Coupal says that's like closing the vault door after the bank has already been robbed.

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