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Voters Face Lengthy Ballot on Taxes, Crime

George Severson

Voters Face Lengthy Ballot on Taxes, Crime

CREATED Jun. 28, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will be bombarded with questions in November from raising their own taxes to ending executions and limiting lifetime sentences for career criminals.

The marquee matchup is likely to be between competing tax measures promoted by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and wealthy Los Angeles civil rights attorney Molly Munger.

Others include a challenge to the new political boundaries drawn for state Senate districts, tougher penalties for human sex trafficking and initiatives affecting auto insurance, genetically altered food, state budgeting.

Labor unions have a high-stakes fight over political contributions.

The measures are among an even dozen measures that qualified for the fall election by Thursday's deadline. The number is likely to drop to 11 next week when state lawmakers plan to again postpone voters' consideration of a water bond.