There are already eleven propositions officially on the ballot, and dozens more pending signature verification or still circulating. Those you’ll definitely see include the four multi-billion dollar bond measures to build roads, schools and levees, an initiative to increase penalties for sex offenders, and another attempt to require parental consent and a waiting period before a minor has an abortion. There’s also a measure to add a $2.60 per pack tobacco tax to fund health services. And that’s just to name a few. It’s enough to make your head spin, says Ted Lascher – Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Sacramento State University:
“When there are that many initiatives it is really hard for people to make decisions on that many.”
He says the less visible initiatives get almost no attention, and that means people end up making some pretty uninformed decisions.
He says he’d like to see a limit on the number that can be put on any one ballot in the future.