Voter-approved propositions already making impact

Voter-approved propositions already making impact
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — As the dust settles at polling locations across the state, the implications are already being felt. Proposition 36 will likely have one of the biggest impacts.

Randall Dickow leads a team at the Indigent Defense Program. The group represents incarcerated inmates. He said they expect to be preparing request from inmates looking to have their sentences reviewed and potentially shorten.

Wednesday morning, those opposing Prop 32 said its defeat saved the political lives of the everyday worker. If 32 had passed, unions and other groups would have seen their political funding source cut off, a situation they are glad they avoided.

“We can't put money into packs, because we don't have that kind of money,” said local union member Bernita Jenkins. “It gives us an opportunity to stand up as a collective group where we wouldn't be able to do that otherwise.”

Finally, there was Prop 30. The governor-led initiative will increase sales tax for the next four years to sustain current levels of school funding.

Accountant Kevin Jones said consumers won't see a big difference in everyday purchases. Jones said businesses that make much larger purchases will carry the lion share of the load.