California voters in a "no" mood
SACRAMENTO, California: With the Tuesday, May 19 statewide special election just around the corner, California's voters seem poised are reject five of the six budget-focused measures on that ballot.
According to the Field Poll released at the end of April, only one of the six ballot propositions on the May 19 ballot is supported by a majority of voters. However, that is small consolation for state legislators who voted to put the budget propositions on the ballot since the only popular measure is Prop 1F -- which denies salary increases to members of the California State Legislature in certain budget-related circumstances.
The Democratic majority in the state legislature struck a deal in February with the Sacramento Six (Villines, Niello, Adams, Maldonado, Ashburn and Cogdill) to make up the state's multi-billion budget deficit with a combination of tax increases, education spending and funds transfers.
By nearly a 3-to-2 margin, polling shows that the state's voters oppose higher taxes. 70% want to retain the two-thirds majority needed to pass a budget, although there is a move afoot to try to repeal it.
In the midst of voter uncertainty and opposition, there was more bad news for the state legislature's budget plan when the state's April tax collections came up $1.8 billion short of projections.
- Fresno Bee, "Voters wary of Proposition 1A measure to limit spending," May 1, 2009
- Times-Standard, "May ballot measures appear in trouble," May 1, 2009
- San Francisco Chronicle, "An angry, conflicted electorate," May 1, 2009
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Uh oh -- state tax collections fall $1.8 billion short," May 1, 2009
- Los Angeles Times, "L.A. school board backs away from endorsing ballot measures," April 29, 2009