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Two major initiatives make the cut for California's November ballot

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June 23, 2010

SACRAMENTO, California: A temporary suspension of AB 32, California's landmark global warming law, has qualified for the November 2, 2010 ballot and so has the "State Government Can't Take Local Government Funds" Initiative.[1][2]

The initiative qualifications were announced on June 22 by the California Secretary of State's office in the waning days before June 24, the final day for any statewide measures to make the November ballot. Sponsors of 5 other initiatives anxiously await word.

The two initiatives whose sponsors were made happy on June 22 are at the heart of several central California concerns in the 2010 election: Jobs and the environment in one ring, and an epic battle between state and local government budget control in another ring.

The proposed Suspension of AB 32 is known by its supporters as the "Jobs Initiative." It says that AB 32 should be suspended until the unemployment rate in California has been below 5.5% for at least 4 consecutive quarters. The state's current unemployment rate is at about 12%.

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