Re: March 14 article, "Local voters discuss Proposition 15":
Kudos to Stephanie Hoops for balanced reporting of the Yes on 15 campaign kickoff, where three County Supervisors and Assemblywoman Julia Brownley spoke to support fair elections.
In citing the objection of Tom Hiltachk, attorney for the opposition, Hoops wrote "...what the proponents call a fee would actually be a tax on businesses, charities and lobbyist employers..." On the contrary, Prop. 15 is not a tax. It raises a lobbyist's annual registration fee from $12.50 to $350.
Starting with the Secretary of State, who regulates lobbyists and implements their financial disclosure, Prop. 15 can cultivate a climate where elected officials are not influenced by the campaign dollars they receive. Rather than heap corporate and special interest money on elections, those dollars should be sewn into our schools, roads and workforce opportunities.
With all we read about Meg Whitman's campaign coffers, California voters are ready for publicly funded elections that work in seven other states. Let our candidates concentrate on better platforms, not on courting the cash.
~ Saria Kraft