Proposition 31 was a ballot measure created by California Forward and voted on by the people of California during the General Election held on November 6, 2012. Proposition 31 called for changes to the state budget, and for any legislation to be published three days before it was voted on, among other things. Proposition 31 was defeated by a vote of over 60% to under 40%, but was a good step in the right direction regarding budget reform in California.
In 2008 the provincial government of New Brunswick, Canada published its Provincial Health Plan 2008-2012. This plan identified several problems or challenges respecting the province's health care system, including "an aging population," high rates of chronic diseases linked to unhealthy lifestyles, a shortage of health care personnel, rising health care costs, and citizens' heightened expectations for health services delivery.
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As one of the projects of The Pew Center for Civic Journalism, the San Francisco Online Voter Guide was designed to assist San Francisco residents to make more informed voting decisions. This particular project is concerned with uncovering "where a candidate really stands on the issues," not by their speeches, but where their funding comes from and where it ends up - distinct signs of who the candidate's allies are as well as their underlying political standpoint.