Propositions 28 and 31 are the easiest ‘yes’ votes on the California ballot. They both benefit kids and families by eliminating state restrictions on school voucher programs, which we know are harmful to poor kids. And Proposition 30 would expand a program that saves the lives of California’s kids who have asthma.
The California initiative process is not perfect. But there are a few simple facts we must remember. For one thing, our state is on the forefront of the fight to protect our children. On February 11, 2013, California passed the first statewide child abuse prevention and reporting law. And this year the legislature will take the lead on a statewide protection of our kids from sexual abuse and domestic violence.
We applaud the leaders of California for taking a tough but reasonable stand about children.
But those leaders have to win the votes of the citizens of our state. And that means that we have to make sure our initiative process is a success. The only way that this will happen is if all of our voters, particularly the young voters, vote with their hearts in this election.