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Pro-Business, Big Oil, Alcohol Industries Fund Prop 26, Unions Fight Against It

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Among the nine propositions Californians will be voting on in the November 2nd election, Prop 26 is not getting much attention. How could it, though? Taxing rules, when compared with marijuana, state parks and climate, is not exactly a sexy topic. But that doesn't mean it's important and could mean major change for the state.

Basically, Prop 26 "expands the definition of a tax and a tax increase so that more proposals would require approval by two-thirds of the Legislature or by local voters," according to the state's legislative analyst. That is to say, it changes some things that are not currently considered a tax, such as fees and property charges, to become a tax, thus going through a more rigorous process to be approved.

"Generally, the types of fees and charges that would become taxes under the measure are ones that government imposes to address health, environmental, or other societal or economic concerns," continues the analysis, which notes fees on alcohol retailers, hazardous materials and oil recycling would be considered taxes when introduced, thus needing a two-thirds vote, which is much harder garner support for (especially in a state so politically paralyzed).