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State of California November 2, 2010 Election
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On auto insurance and funding

By William John "Bill" Balderston

Candidate for Insurance Commissioner

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We should also propose a single-payer auto insurance system in California, primarily funded by gasoline taxes. As to other considerations related to auto insurance, we should call for:
-legislation limiting an insurance premium increase to COLA and exemption of any increases for the unemployed;
-assessing insurance companies to pay for expanded driver education programs, linked to safety issues around teenage drivers;
-advocating the need for drivers licenses for undocumented residents, which would help expand immigrant rights and make the roads safer for all; and
-reorganizing DMV procedures around threats to revoke licenses for lack of insurance (in line with this, I emphatically oppose Proposition 17, which will be used to boost insurance rates and harm the poor).

Let me add here that I would not hire any investigators for the Insurance Commissioner's staff who had previously been employed in any executive/administrative role by insurance companies.

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