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in these times 3Different SEIU factions in California are advancing similar, but competing, ballot measures that could result in defeat for both sides.

SEIU-UHW already has their minimum wage initiative in the field, but the state council announced theirs anyway…

The SEIU state council’s proposed ballot measure is slightly different. It would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, one year before UHW’s (small businesses would get an extra year to increase their wages). It would also include six paid sick days per year. And they’ve partnered with the Fight for $15 movement…

Early qualification ensures a higher spot on the ballot, an important factor when there could be as many as 19 initiatives voted on in California in November 2016…

UHW has proposed a second ballot measure for 2016, which would extend 2012’s Proposition 30 income tax increases, which helped balance the California budget. This is also a duplicate; the California Teachers Association and SEIU state council have introduced their own version. Rather than the current practice of delivering the proceeds of the taxes to education, UHW’s Prop 30 extension earmarks nearly half of the annual funds for the state Medicaid program…

Having two ballot measures on functionally the same issue muddles the message and makes it difficult to explain to a normally disengaged electorate. Per state law, whatever measure passed with the most votes would take effect, so both sides would have to spend to beat their business opposition and each other.

Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog recalled a similar situation in 1996. “We had an initiative on HMO reform, SEIU did another one,” Court said. “All the insurance industry did was call us twins.” Both initiatives lost.

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