How will Californians vote in November?

“A California legislator pushes a November ballot initiative to free the state from the job-killing shackles of a 2006 law designed to fight climate change. The other choice is freezing in the unemployment line.

At last report, California’s unemployment rate was 12.3%, with 2.25 million residents looking for work.  …

“It” is Assembly Bill 32, signed by the governor in 2006, and Assemblyman Dan Logue wants it to go away or at least be put on hold.

Logue, who has advocated AB32’s outright repeal, is busy collecting signatures for a November ballot initiative that would block full implementation of the measure, scheduled to take effect in 2012, until the state’s unemployment rate falls below 5.5%.  …

A 2009 study by economists at California State University, Sacramento, commissioned by the California Small Business Roundtable, found that implementation costs for AB32 “could easily exceed $100 billion” and that the program would raise the cost of living by $7,857 per household each year by 2020.  …

AB32 seeks to cap state-created greenhouse gases at 1990 emission levels by 2020. Logue figures AB32 will cost the state an additional 1 million jobs.”


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