When elected officials don’t take action on the issues that matter to us, ballot initiatives are a great way for the people to make change. For example, poll after poll showed the majority wanted to raise the minimum wage, but for years politicians refused, fearing business interests would keep them from getting re-elected. But when we put an initiative on the ballot to raise the wage to $15 in California, it got overwhelming public support, forcing the Governor to take action and put us on a path to $15.
We believe in the power of initiatives to hold powerful interests accountable. Our Prop 8 campaign to regulate the dialysis industry was defeated only when dialysis companies broke records by spending over $100 million, which brought national attention to an overlooked bad actor in the healthcare field.
We will continue to use ballot initiatives to lift up Californians, to hold bad actors accountable, and to fight for healthcare justice in California.