Here’s the second half of the propositions for the upcoming election. If you missed the first half you can click here or go straight to the voter pamphlet. You can click on the link for more information about a specific measure. And remember, the last day to register is MONDAY Oct. 24. And please remember, these are not MY opinions, these are for your education so you can be better prepared to vote and decide for yourself about the issues. But don’t you worry, I plan to put up my vote, well at least on some of them…

Here we go:

Proposition 78: Prescription Drug Discounts

What a YES vote means: This will create a new drug discount program for people who do not already have coverage from a government program or private insurance. Californians in families with incomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level (about $29,000 for oner person or about $58,000 for a family of four) could get a drug discount card for $15 per year. The card would be used to buy drugs at a set discount at participating pharmacies. The cost to run the program could range from millions to tens of million of dollars each year.

Proposition 79: Prescription Drug Discounts and Medi-Cal

What a YES vote means: This will create a new drug discount program for people not in Medi-Cal or Healthy Families. Califonians in families with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level (about $38,000 for one person or about $77,000 for a family of four) could get a drug discount card for $10 per year. The card would be used to buy drugs at a set discount at participating pharmacies. Cost to the state would be in the low tens of millions of dollars per year.

Proposition 80: Regulation of electric service

What a YES vote means: This will increase state control (“regulation”) over California’s electricity market and make it harder to reduce state control. Prop 80 would make permanent the current ban on customers switching from the major utility companies to other providers. The state PUC could regulate the rates of all electric service providers except utilities owned by local governments. All PUC-controlled electric sellers would also be required to use more renewable energy resources, with a goal of 20 percent moved up to 2010 (instead of by 2017). The cost to the state would be $4 million per year, paid by electricity customers (aka YOU). <—-I couldn’t resist just a little bit of commentary.

Alright everyone that’s it! Now make sure to study up on these and get out and vote. AND if you don’t understand a proposition, you aren’t REQUIRED to vote on it, so at least vote for the ones you feel strongly about. Keep democracy working!

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