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Proposition 19 is easy: both ageing owners get a giant new property tax break or their offspring heirs hold an outdated one.
Both the mother and father profit, or their kids do.
Most of those state propositions will be annoyingly sophisticated when you allow them to.
State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra generally doesn’t assist by writing poll titles and summaries that try to steer voters towards the place of his Democratic Occasion. His two predecessors — Kamala Harris and Jerry Brown — did the identical. Extra on that one other day.
Proposition 23 additionally may appear sophisticated, however actually boils right down to a easy query: Ought to kidney dialysis clinics be required to rent an additional physician to be readily available whereas sufferers are present process remedy? By no means thoughts that the physician most likely isn’t wanted.
That’s the official public narrative of Proposition 23. There’s one other behind-the-scenes fact in regards to the measure.
A labor union is sponsoring the poll initiative largely to stress the clinics into accepting unionization of its staff. It’s the continuation of a tactic the union additionally tried unsuccessfully in 2018. It’s kind of an extortion technique.
The message: unionize or spend $100 million each election preventing off our poll measures.
Proposition 18, nonetheless, actually is a straightforward measure — most likely the only on the poll. Ought to 17-year-olds be allowed to vote in presidential primaries, and in state and native elections in the event that they’ll flip 18 by the November election?
Or ought to their voting stay relegated to highschool class president?
That’s a straightforward reply: It’s “no” on 18. These children nonetheless reside off their mother and father, paying miniscule taxes and aren’t authorized adults. They will wait just a few months earlier than being allowed to vote as adults on things like tax will increase.
Proposition 19 is certainly one of two property tax measures on the poll. They each would change Proposition 13, the favored 1978 initiative that lowered property taxes and ignited a nationwide anti-tax revolt.
However the two measures are unrelated and shouldn’t be confused with one another. Proposition 15 would considerably elevate taxes on industrial and industrial property.
Proposition 19 would considerably enhance tax breaks for owners who’re over 55. It could do the identical for folks of any age who’re severely disabled or had their home destroyed by pure catastrophe, comparable to wildfire.
Underneath present legislation, owners over 55 can promote their home and purchase a brand new one, taking with them the outdated Proposition 13 tax break. The brand new residence received’t be reassessed to market worth, avoiding a serious tax hike. However they’ll solely do this if the price of the brand new home doesn’t exceed the outdated one’s sale value — and if the house is in a county that permits such a tax switch. They’re permitted to do that solely as soon as in a lifetime.
Proposition 19 would enable the owners to switch their Proposition 13 tax break to any new buy wherever within the state, whatever the home’s price. They usually might do this thrice.
However their kids would pay for it. Now the heirs inherit their mother and father’ tax profit in addition to the home. Underneath Proposition 19, they wouldn’t get the tax break until they moved into the home and it grew to become their main residence.
Disabled owners and catastrophe victims additionally might carry their tax breaks with them to any new buy within the state, no matter its price.
Is smart to me. It offers older people an incentive to maneuver out of their empty-nest properties and downsize into extra sensible dwellings.
A superb tradeoff — I profit, my daughters sometime pay. A particular “sure.”
Proposition 23 would require California’s roughly 600 dialysis clinics to make use of no less than one physician to be on-site when sufferers obtain remedy. However they’re already required to have a workers physician who’s a kidney specialist, though the doctor doesn’t all the time must be on the clinic. Skilled nurses function the dialysis machines.
The dialysis trade has raised greater than $100 million to battle the initiative — simply because it did two years in the past to defeat one other union-backed measure. Sponsors have spent solely about $7 million.
Opponents say the measure would price the clinics $350 million.
“We most likely must shut 35% to 45% of our amenities,” says Rick Barnett, president and CEO of Satellite tv for pc Healthcare, which operates 65 dialysis clinics in California. “We will’t maintain something that operates within the pink long run.”
The initiative’s sponsor is Service Staff Worldwide Union-United Healthcare Employees West. It has a historical past of forcing healthcare corporations to spend large bucks on election campaigns in the event that they refuse to unionize.
I’m a “no” — towards Proposition 23 and union bullying.
George Skelton is a Los Angeles Occasions columnist.
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