California voters reject tax, fund shift propositions

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May 20, 2009

SACRAMENTO, California: On May 19, California voters decisively rejected five out of six statewide ballot propositions. The only proposition approved by voters was Prop 1F, which prohibits pay raises for state legislators in years when they have failed to produce a budget.[1]

The Sacramento Bee reprinted an email from a reader that appeared to reflect the mood of the evening: "Schwarzenegger, Bass, Cogdill, Villines, Steinberg and the rest of those stinking, lying Sacramento bastards can go straight to hell. They're going to be whacked hard upside their heads tomorrow."[1]

Gov. Schwarzenegger and the top two legislative leaders from the California State Senate and California State Assembly will begin meetings on Wednesday, May 20, when the governor returns from Washington, DC to decide what their next moves are, as the state's tax revenues continue to plummet and its budget gap continues to expand.[2]

Election results

Proposition Description Outcome
Proposition 1A Prop 1A combines a 4-year tax hike of about $16 billion with a state spending cap Defeatedd
Proposition 1B Modification of California Proposition 98 (1998) to free up money for state's budget overruns. Defeatedd
Proposition 1C Sell rights to future lottery proceeds as a way of raising some cash now for state budget. Defeatedd
Proposition 1D Asks voters to approve taking money from Prop 10 in 1998 for purposes not allowed in that 1998 vote. Defeatedd
Proposition 1E Asks voters to take money from Prop 63 for purposes not allowed in that 2004 vote. Defeatedd
Proposition 1F No pay raises for state legislators in years when there is a state budget deficit Approveda

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