Ballotpedia shows why this November’s elections are important
With both houses of Congress passing the budget deal, and the Tea Party being smeared by both parties, I wanted to give my Legal Insurrection friends some reasons to have hope and a reason to focus locally.
Many of these reasons can be found in Ballotpedia, an essential encyclopedia of ballot measures designed to connect people to politics, as well as election resources.
As the Media Director for the San Diego Tea Party group, SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, I prepare the group’s online voter guides.
One of the most useful sources of information on ballot measures, such as the section I put together last year pertaining to San Diego Pension Reform Measure B, is Ballotpedia. Here is a snippet from Ballotpedia’s report on one of the few wins for taxpayers that occurred last November:
About Proposition B
Like Measure B, San Diego’s Prop B sought to curb pension costs via several different changes to the city charter. These changes included giving new city workers a 401(k)-style retirement plan with a city match instead of a guaranteed pension; maxing out the guaranteed pensions for newly-hired public safety workers at 80 percent, as opposed to the standard 90 percent; capping the city’s payroll for five years at its 2011 pay rate, which was less than $600 million annually; and striking a provision from the charter that required a majority vote of all city employees to approve any changes to retirement benefits.
Election and aftermath
Voters approved Prop B by a wide margin of 65.81 percent to 32.19 percent.
Our national government seems unable to curb its big spending ways. However, many cities around the country have pension reform measure on their local ballots for November 2013…and here’s where our vote can truly make a difference. Here are some Ballotpedia entries to consider:
- Cincinnati Pension Reform Charter Amendment Initiative, Issue 4 (November 2013)
- City of Hialeah Pension Reform Charter Amendment Question (in Miami-Dade County, FL)
- City of Tucson Pension Reform Initiative, Proposition 201
There is also a pending pension reform measure for Torrance, CA, and San Fransisco is offering Proposition A (Retiree Health Care Trust Fund), which addresses shortfalls in their pension system.
As the magnitude of the Obamacare rollout failure becomes apparent and visits to its website continue to plummet, voters will want to take the opportunity to choose some measure of fiscal control.
Ballotpedia’s list of pension reforms offers some great opportunities to get involved and force our politicians into some semblance of fiscal responsibility.
The left loves to say “think globally, act locally.” Okay, we will, but we’ll focus on thinking about the future of our country, and we will act locally.
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That is an interesting website. Funny how, when folks start feeling the pinch they get it about the Tea Party?
BTW, the National Debt is, at this moment, $17,024,700,000.00
This this true?
Is it true that the first 219 Years and the first 43 Presidents only racked up a bit more than 6 Trillion in debt, but now with Present Stompy Foot, he alone has added another 11 Trillion????
My congressional delegation is in pretty solid hands… Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Lamar Smith.
The state level will be a little more interesting. The odds on favorite to run for governor is Gregg Abbott who has served well as Attorney General. The current Lt. Governor, Dewhurst needs to get the boot and we’ll see how the rest of the line up develops.
No raging liberals have a chance at anything…
Funny Graphic for upcoming elections.
“If you have been in Congress since before the Internet, GET OUT!” It isn’t a Retirement Home!
Record number of Americans state they’re rather deep-6 ObamaCare and paid fines.
“Gallup: Number of Americans Who Will Refuse To Join Obamacare And Instead Pay Individual Mandate Fine Jumps To 34%, Up 9 Points Since Last Month…”
Add my wife to the tally of those who won’t be signing up for Obamacare; She intends to go without insurance until she’s eligible for Medicare. What the hell, if she is diagnosed with cancer, she can sign up then.