For a Healthier California – Vote YES on Prop 55, 56, and 63

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California’s proposition system allows for potential laws to be passed directly by the voters. It’s a big responsibility and an important civic obligation. When it comes to the propositions that affect residents, our hospitals, and our patients, the working families we see every day are counting on us to be leaders and help them understand what’s at stake and what will lead to a healthier California for all of us. This year, CIR formally endorsed three Propositions —
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Continues Income Tax on Wealthy to Fund Schools

The most important thing we can do as a state is to invest in our next generation. Prop. 55 does exactly that, and no one pays more in taxes than they are paying now. Prior to this policy becoming law in 2012, healthcare and education were always pitted against each other in state budget debates. Since this tax policy went into effect in 2012, with its dedicated funding for K-12 education and community colleges, both education and healthcare funding have gotten their fair share. We need to keep this balance in place!

In a Nutshell:

    • Extends current, temporary income tax rates on Californians earning over $250,000 a year or $500,000 for a married couple.
    • This tax has been in place since 2012, when it was passed to prevent cuts to schools. Prop. 55 extends the income tax for 12 more years.
    • It will generate $4-9 billion a year.
    • Approximately 50% will go to schools.
    • The rest will go to healthcare, paying down debt, and a rainy day fund.

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Adds $2 Tobacco Tax to Prevent Smoking, Fund Healthcare
CIR members who work in healthcare have been the leading voices in support of this initiative because they see the toll tobacco takes on health, especially for low-income Californians and people of color.

In a Nutshell:

Prop. 56 would increase the state tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack and apply the tax to e-cigarette products containing nicotine.
The revenue raised would directly fund Medi-Cal, the state’s Tobacco Control program, the Tobacco-Related Disease Program at the University of California, and school-based early intervention and education programs around the health risks of tobacco.

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New Gun Safety Requirements

CIR members believe that gun violence is a public health issue, and it affects our patients through death, injury, suicide, and the psychological scars that result from violence. Prop. 63 puts sensible gun safety measures in place to protect our patients and communities.

In a Nutshell:

    • Removes illegal guns from our communities by ensuring that dangerous criminals and domestic abusers sell or transfer their firearms after they’re convicted.
    • Requires any business that sells ammunition to report if their ammunition is lost or stolen.
    • Requires people to notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen.
    • Requires buyers to have a state-issued permit to buy bullets, and closes a loophole on possession of high-capacity magazines.

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