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Special Interest Money has a big voice in California Politics - but should it? KTTV Vice-President and General Manager Kevin Hale looks at the proposition trying to limit these contributions in this P.O.V. segment.

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Public sector unions are bracing for a fight.

A proposition that would prevent public sector unions from using payroll deductions for political contributions is going to be on the California ballot this November.

The millions of dollars in contributions to Sacramento politicians that the unions provide, allows them to exert almost complete political control over the legislature.  As a result, if the unions don't support legislation, it rarely gets approved.

Consider what they spent in the election of 2010: more than $76 million dollars, more than any other special interest group.

That money makes Brown and the legislature so beholden to the unions that they simply are not acting on pension reform. Even though Brown has said that pension reform is in the best interest of the state.  

With a $16B budget deficit the state cannot continue to fund pensions at the current level.

If this measure passes in November, it could be a critical first step in getting our budget crisis under control. And a way to jump start true reform.

The people of California should get behind Proposition 32, because of its importance to California's future.

And instead of pushing his tax initiative every chance he gets, Governor Brown should wake up and start pushing Prop 32 as well.

It's time he stands up to the unions and fights for reform.

Thanks for listening.

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