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  • Voters have turned against California bullet train, poll shows

    06/03/2012 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    A strong majority of voters is against the bullet train project just as Gov. Brown is pressuring the Legislature to green-light the start of construction, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finds. Across the state, 55% of the voters want the bond issue that was approved in 2008 placed back on the ballot, and 59% say they now would vote against it. Since voters approved that $9-billion borrowing plan, the state and national economic outlook has dimmed and some of the promises about the bullet train have been compromised. 55% of the respondents said the state has bigger priorities than...
  • Feds Insist On Rail Funds For CA Boondoggle

    12/20/2011 2:38:41 PM PST · by lasereye · 35 replies
    California Political Review ^ | December 20, 2011 | Katy Grimes
    If it is built, California’s High-Speed Rail would be the largest public works project in state history. That fact alone appears be intoxicating to state officials, in a perpetual quest to have California be the first state to do anything. Despite the warnings of a nearly $100 billion ballooning price tag, no track laid, no trains running, decreasing legislative support and even opposition from diehard rail advocates, the High-Speed Rail Authority is steaming ahead full throttle with plans to build the most expensive high-speed rail system in history. But there is pushback coming from so many places that it must...
  • Bulk of high-speed rail costs could fall to state

    09/08/2011 5:57:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 8, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    As California prepares to commit tens of billions of dollars to an ambitious high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Southern California, Congress' political will to provide the bulk of the funding is disappearing, leaving the possibility that the state could end up stuck with a crushing financial burden. State voters have agreed to issue more than $9 billion in bonds to build the system, but that's a fraction of the $43 billion projected tab for the initial phase. And those costs could swell to $65 billion or more, by some estimates. Should federal funds dry up after the scheduled...
  • Oakland Tribune editorial: Time to pull the plug on California's rail fantasy

    05/17/2011 12:48:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/16/11 | Editor
    THERE IS nothing that epitomizes California's dysfunctional government more than the state's pursuit of a high-speed rail fantasy that is headed for all-but-certain failure. The latest criticism of the rail scheme comes from the independent Legislative Analyst's Office, which strongly opposes Gov. Jerry Brown's request for an appropriation of $185 million to keep the project moving forward. It's past time for the state to do what it should have done more than a year ago -- cancel the project and stop wasting any more of the taxpayers' money. The High-Speed Rail Authority has bungled the project from the start with...
  • California's high-speed train wreck

    05/18/2011 5:20:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2011
    The state's plan to build a bullet train has become a monument to the ways poor planning, mismanagement and political interference can screw up major public works. We can do better. California's much-vaunted high-speed rail project is, to put it bluntly, a train wreck. Intended to demonstrate the state's commitment to sustainable, cutting-edge transportation systems, and to show that the U.S. can build rail networks as sophisticated as those in Europe and Asia, it is instead a monument to the ways poor planning, mismanagement and political interference can screw up major public works. For anti-government conservatives, it is also a...
  • The Bullet Train to Bankruptcy. Californians are questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority.

    03/09/2011 6:53:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 164 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    Californians have a reputation for questioning authority. And increasingly, they appear to be questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority, which voters empowered in 2008 to issue $9.95 billion in bonds and build the nation’s largest such system. Opposition hasn’t reached critical mass — not yet. But it is broad, and it includes Republicans, some Democrats, community groups, local governments, fiscal conservatives, and neighborhood preservationists. Reports from respectable engineering and financial teams, including state agencies, paint a far gloomier picture than the happy-talk done deal that’s been portrayed in the national media. Lawsuits further complicate the picture. The more money California sponges...
  • GOP House aims to take $2 billion back from California high-speed rail

    11/23/2010 12:27:46 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/23/10 | Mike Rosenberg
    Wasting no time after a victorious midterm election, GOP Congressional leaders who promised to slash spending are looking to make an example out of the nation's priciest public works project: California's $43 billion high-speed railroad. A coalition of 27 House Republicans, led by the ranking member of the committee that controls spending, wants to yank $2 billion in stimulus funds promised to California to kick start the massive project. U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, last week introduced the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Rescission Act," which would return the final $12 billion in unspent and uncommitted stimulus funds to the U.S....
  • Dan Walters: California may build train to nowhere

    11/29/2010 8:01:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/29/10 | Dan Walters
    A few days before this month's election, the federal government announced that California would receive an additional $715 million for its high-speed rail project, contingent on the money being spent quickly on a segment in the San Joaquin Valley. Why? You'd have to be terminally naive not to believe that the splashy announcement, made personally by an Obama administration official in Fresno, was to help an embattled local congressman, Democrat Jim Costa, stave off a very stiff Republican challenge. Costa, a longtime bullet train advocate, did, in fact, eke out a narrow re-election win. And last week, the California High-Speed...
  • It's the Bullet Train ... to Nowhere

    02/14/2011 5:38:00 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Fox News. ^ | February 14, 2011 | William La Jeunesse
    Hailed as a high-speed road to the future, a jobs program and a symbol of America's dedication to innovation, President Obama proposed Monday spending $8 billion on a bullet train -- a down payment on a nationwide network that will cost $58 billion over the next six years. But in the one state where the federal high-speed rail project is underway, critics say money is being misspent, ridership studies are inflated, the route is politically corrupted and the system will never be self supporting. "They don't know where they're going to build it, they don't have a mile of right...
  • Who will pay for California's high-speed rail system?

    08/15/2010 2:37:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/15/10 | Mike Rosenberg and Gary Richards
    For the next minute, imagine yourself at a car dealership. You're strapped for cash but find a sleek new ride and ask the salesman for a deal. He quotes you a number that's four times what you have in the bank. And, he warns, even that price isn't fixed -- there's no guarantee you won't pay more in the end. What do you do? For California, the lure of its new ride -- a bullet train system capable of whisking passengers between the Bay Area and Los Angeles -- has proved so enticing that the state jumped at the deal,...
  • California high-speed rail commission set to award contract to group with ties to Schwarzenegger

    09/03/2009 11:07:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 677+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/3/09 | Shane Goldmacher
    Reporting from Sacramento - California's high-speed rail commission, dominated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointees, is set to award a $9-million contract today to a company led by the governor's top political advisor and his former campaign manager. The three commission staff members charged with recommending a public relations firm have advised the board to give the contract to Mercury Public Affairs at its meeting today. Schwarzenegger strategist Adam Mendelsohn is a partner at Mercury, as is Steve Schmidt, who managed the governor's 2006 reelection effort. Two members of the staff panel are former Mendelsohn colleagues. Ethics watchdogs raised questions about...
  • Survey: Most Californians back bullet train

    07/27/2010 2:01:13 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies
    San Francisco Business Times ^ | Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | Eric Young
    A majority of Californians support the high-speed train project, with more than three-quarters saying they would like the project to be built, according to a survey commissioned by the project’s planners. Some 76 percent of Californians indicated support for the project, with 34 percent saying they would like to see the project move forward “as quickly as possible,” according to the survey’s findings released Tuesday. Forty-two percent said they would like to see the high-speed trains built despite some concerns over cost and timing and 13 percent were opposed to the project. “Californians are telling us loudly and clearly that...
  • Bill would expose high-speed train contractors with Holocaust ties

    06/22/2010 9:00:03 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 32 replies
    San Mateo County Times ^ | 06/22/2010 | Mike Rosenberg
    Train companies and foreign governments that helped support the Holocaust could be barred from working on the California high-speed railroad under a new bill in the Legislature. The legislation would not exempt governments or companies such as France's bullet-train operator, whose locomotives once transported prisoners to concentration camps, from bidding for a piece of the state's $43 billion project starting next year. But it would allow the California High-Speed Rail Authority to disqualify any of those companies or governments based solely on their ties to World War II atrocities, specifically from 1942 to 1944. If contractors fail to provide evidence...
  • CA: DeVore Slams Backroom Deals, Only Republican To Oppose Maldonado Confirmation

    04/25/2010 7:18:30 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 6 replies · 433+ views ^ | 23 April 2010
    DeVore Slams Backroom Deals, Only Republican To Oppose Maldonado Confirmation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- (SACRAMENTO) – California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, (R-70-Irvine), today spoke out against the backroom deals involved in the effort to confirm state Senator Abel Maldonado as California’s Lieutenant Governor. He then voted against the motion to confirm Maldonado and urged other lawmakers to do the same. DeVore cited Maldonado’s vote for the higher taxes included in 2009’s Proposition 1A in exchange for an agreement by the Governor and Democrat leaders to place Proposition 14, the open primary measure that infringes upon the rights of partisan voters...
  • CA: State high-speed train rides to be costlier, ridership lower than promised to voters

    12/15/2009 9:23:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,130+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/15/09 | Mike Rosenberg
    Those hoping to ride the state's high-speed train next decade will have to dig much deeper into their wallets than officials originally thought, a harsh reality that will chase away millions of passengers, according to an updated business plan released Monday. The average ticket on the bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles is now estimated to cost about $105, or 83 percent of comparable airfare. Last year, the state said prices would be set at 50 percent of comparable airfare and predicted a ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles would cost $55. As a result of the...
  • Huff recall effort fails after petitioners turn in zero signatures

    12/01/2009 7:13:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 611+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 12/1/9 | Torey Van Oot
    Supporters collecting signatures in an effort to recall Republican Sen. Bob Huff fell short today... by about 65,535 names. Recall proponents had until Nov. 16 to turn in the 65,535 valid voter signatures from the 29th Senate District needed to spark a recall election. But, according to counts confirmed today by election officials in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, they turned in zero signatures
  • Groups raise $31.5 million for Calif. ballot fight (liberals have bottomless piggybanks)

    05/17/2009 2:34:26 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 27 replies · 863+ views
    Mercury News/AP ^ | 05/17/2009 | STEVE LAWRENCE
    The battle over six budget-related measures on Tuesday's special election ballot has generated more than $31.5 million in campaign spending, split the state's labor community and created strange bedfellows on both sides. Supporters, aided by the powerful California Teachers Association and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's business allies, have raised more than $27.6 million to back Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 1F. Opponents, a collection of unions, anti-tax groups and supporters of children's and mental health programs, have raised $3.8 million. ... the California Federation of Teachers, a smaller rival to the California Teachers Association ... has chipped in more...
  • Thousands take part in Corona tax protest - John and Ken - LOTS of Pics

    05/16/2009 9:20:01 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 29 replies · 1,698+ views
    CORONA – Several thousand people turned out at a rally Saturday hosted by KFI's "The John and Ken Show" to protest proposed state tax increases. Show co-host Ken Chiampou said he and his co-host, John Kobylt, were giving the crowd an opportunity to voice its anger and opposition to six ballot propositions that, if passed, would raise taxes.
  • $4.3 million raised to fight California ballot measures

    05/15/2009 7:55:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 489+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/15/9 | Jim Sanders
    Millions of dollars have been raised to fight the linchpin of ballot measures in Tuesday's election, a package that was carefully crafted to discourage big-bucks opposition. Though vastly outspent, opponents of Proposition 1A have parlayed $4.3 million in contributions and anger at state politicians into a solid advantage in recent polls. The measure, stemming from this year's bitter budget fight, would place long-term spending restrictions on state government and extend recent tax increases for up to two years. Major donors to No on 1A, state records show, include the California State Council of Service Employees International Union, $1.3 million; California...
  • Tax Hikes: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

    05/14/2009 4:43:38 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 4 replies · 519+ views ^ | Thursday, May 14, 2009 | By: Michael Reagan
    Nancy Pelosi is watching California's Prop 1A intently. In only a hundred days and change, President Barack Obama has committed $6.5 trillion to waste, fraud, and abuse. That’s $6,500,000,000,000.00, which is more than all the costs of World War I and World War II combined. And you think it can’t get worse? Believe me, it can. Things have gotten so bad, that even in my home state of California a Republican Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is urging support for a massive $16 billion tax hike which is deceptively masquerading as a measure to put a lid on out-of-control government spending. You...
  • Tax Increases - Coming Soon to a 'Theater' Near You

    05/13/2009 2:45:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 668+ views ^ | May 13, 2009 | Michael Reagan
    In only a hundred days and change, President Barack Obama has committed $6.5 trillion to waste, fraud, and abuse. That's $6,500,000,000,000.00, which is more than all the costs of World War I and World War II combined. And you think it can't get worse? Believe me, IT CAN. Things have gotten so bad, that even in my home state of California a Republican Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is urging support for a massive $16 billion tax hike which is deceptively masquerading as a measure to put a lid on out-of-control government spending. You read that right: A massive tax-hike -- Proposition...
  • CA Prop 1A losing in polls 51 to 38 percent

    05/12/2009 5:27:34 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 104 replies · 4,678+ views
    John and Ken KFI LA ^ | 5/12/2009 | KFI
    They just reported the insider, big gov elite outspent the little people 20 to 1 and it's still losing *big*. Check this from the KFI link. From Sacramento — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is concerned the public may be confused about Proposition 1A, the spending control measure he's backing on the May 19 ballot. That's because the Republican right, he asserts, is being "disingenuous" in spinning 1A as a tax increase. It's also because people like me, he says, write about how complicated the measure is. "It's already complicated as it is," the governor says, "but the more you write about...
  • Schwarzenegger paints bleak picture if budget measures fail

    05/11/2009 1:20:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies · 1,153+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 11, 2009 | Corina Knoll
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger painted a bleak picture today of what’s to come should budget-related state ballot measures fail next week. Fire stations will close, prisons will be forced to release inmates, schools will lay off more than 50,000 teachers, schools will be shut down for several weeks, and the state will have to borrow from local governments, Schwarzenegger warned.
  • State's Future At Stake In May 19 Vote

    05/09/2009 10:21:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies · 1,225+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 09th 2009
    State's future at stake in May 19 vote John Wildermuth,Matthew Yi May 9, 2009 If California voters reject a package of budget measures in next week's special election, it will set off a fiscal free-for-all that could set the state's course for years to come. Defeat of the measures on the May 19 ballot would chop nearly $6 billion in expected revenue from next year's budget, on top of a projected $8 billion deficit left by shrinking tax collections. Proposals by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others to close that gap are driving a wildfire of criticism across the state. Deep...
  • CA: Governor May Free 38,000 Inmates To Ease Budget (More scare tactics)

    05/09/2009 12:17:13 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 38 replies · 1,255+ views
    CBS 5 ^ | May 8, 2009 | CrimeWatch
    SACRAMENTO (CBS 5) ― Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that thousands of inmates could be forced out of state prisons if his proposed ballot measures fail in the upcoming special election. Schwarzenegger said he will open prison doors if voters don't approve the measures to close a projected $6 billion budget hole during the May 19th vote. ... The governor's plan would release 38,000 inmates, 19,000 of those are what the state considers low risk. The other 19,000 inmates are illegal immigrants whose offenses are said to be non-serious. The governor would commute their sentences and release all of them...
  • Governor keeps Prop. 1A simple [Arnold being Arnold]

    04/27/2009 8:10:02 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 21 replies · 732+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | George Skelton
    From Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is concerned the public may be confused about Proposition 1A ... That's because the Republican right, he asserts, is being "disingenuous" in spinning 1A as a tax increase. "Explain it a little bit simpler," he urges in a phone chat. ... "We should just simply describe 1A as a measure that will fix the broken budget system once and for all so that you never have to make those severe cuts again ... And you never have to go back to the people for tax increases again. That's it." ... "It's not fair, really,...
  • Democrats fail to back key ballot measure

    04/27/2009 11:40:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 322+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/27/9 | Peter Hecht
    California Democratic Party delegates Sunday failed to endorse a budget restructuring measure deemed critical to the success of a slate of May 19 special election ballot measures. Though Democrats couldn't muster a 60 percent vote to officially endorse Proposition 1A, more than two-thirds of 1,300 delegates granted party backing to the Proposition 1C plan to borrow $5 billion from anticipated future lottery revenues. Delegates also endorsed the Proposition 1B school funding measure and Proposition 1F, which would eliminate pay hikes for elected state officials when the state's general fund is expected to end a fiscal year with a deficit. The...
  • CA: No on Proposition 1A

    04/22/2009 9:44:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,212+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/22/09 | Editorial
    Proposition 1A would extend recently enacted tax hikes from 2010-11 to 2012-13 at a cost to taxpayers of $16 billion and create a budget “rainy-day” fund to be tapped when revenue declined. Crafted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic and Republican legislative leaders, it is by far the most important measure on the May 19 special election ballot. It is also by far the worst measure on the ballot. We offer three compelling reasons to reject it. The first reason is the grossly dishonest, ends-justifies-the-means manner by which the Sacramento political establishment is trying to force Proposition 1A down voters'...
  • California Republican Party (CRP) opposes Prop 1A-1F

    04/18/2009 4:14:34 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 76 replies · 4,106+ views
    This just in from friends on the scene... California Republican Party (CRP) opposes Prop 1A-1F Mike Villines & Tom Campbell had spoken in favor of 1A and Steve Poizner against.
  • AM Alert: State GOP faces Prop 1A pickle

    04/17/2009 8:11:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 698+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/17/9 | Shane Goldmacher
    The California Republican Party's executive committee is expected to vote this weekend to oppose Proposition 1A, which would limit future spending while approving $16 billion in temporary tax hikes. The CRP will find itself in a tricky position explaining how it can oppose Proposition 1A after it already gave Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger $650,000, much of which is going toward the pro-1A effort. Schwarzenegger laid claim to that money in January and February ($1.3 million shows up on the secretary of state's Web site, but the transfers have been double-posted, according to Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman Julie Soderlund). CRP spokesman Hector Barajas...
  • We Must Take Action to Stop Another Huge Tax Increase! We Must Defeat Proposition 1A! (HJTA- CA)

    04/15/2009 11:36:46 AM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 488+ views
    Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association ^ | 4/15/2009 | John Coupal
    You and every other Californian are being targeted by Sacramento politicians to pay more, much more, in taxes. On top of the just approved highest state tax increase in U.S. history, the politicians want you and your family to pay an additional $1,000 or more per year. To get your money, the politicians have placed Prop. 1A on the May 19 Special Election ballot. This giant tax increase is disguised as a "Spending Cap" and "Budget Reform." Prop. 1A is a TAX EXTENSION of the new taxes just approved — taxes that have already made us the highest taxed state...
  • California's 'Spending Limit' Is A Sham

    04/14/2009 6:27:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 515+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 14, 2009 | Benjamin Zycher
    The outlook for the California economy is dreadful, driven by a deeply perverse tax and regulatory environment, combined with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's highly successful five-year effort to avoid hard choices.And so the state budget, the utter profligacy of which for years has been papered over with accounting tricks and massive borrowing, now has imploded: A projected deficit of $42 billion over two years has forced the legislature to cut some spending while increasing taxes by a hoped-for $28 billion. Nonetheless a deficit of $8 billion to $14 billion looms for the next fiscal year. That is why the legislature and...
  • CA: Republican Liberty Caucus Recommends a NO Vote On Propositions 1A-1F, May 19th...Election

    04/13/2009 8:33:36 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 8 replies · 642+ views
    Republican Liberty Caucus via email | 4/13/2009
    NO on Prop 1-A: THE "RAINY DAY" BUDGET STABILIZATION FUNDThis "budget deal" is a bailout for big spenders who will extract another $16 billion dollars in taxes and continue to increase state spending. It is not a "rainy day" fund at all. The California Legislature, that has over taxed and spent, will just have another slush fund to use at their will. It does nothing to restrain bloated deficits nor restrain tax and spend legislators. NO on Proposition 1-B: EDUCATION FUNDING. PAYMENT PLANMandates more deficit spending for an education system; that needs massive reform, not another $9.3 billion dollars in...
  • CA: Teachers are biggest backers of budget measures

    04/12/2009 2:04:22 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 22 replies · 730+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | , April 11, 2009 | John Wildermuth
    The state's largest teachers union, which has been one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's most visible foes over the years, is the largest single financial backer of the Republican governor's budget-reform package on the May 19 special election ballot. Newly released campaign finance reports for the election show that backers of the six budget-related measures are raking in far more cash than the opposition, and the gap is widening. "We've got a lot of work ahead to educate voters about the importance of six complicated ballot measures, but we're confident we'll have the resources to do that job," said Julie Soderlund,...
  • CA: Antonio, Baca back Arnold's props for May ballot

    04/11/2009 4:20:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 413+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 4/11/09 | Rick Orlov
    Arguing that the short-term pain of increased taxes is worth the long-term gain of permanent budget reform, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger picked up some major Los Angeles endorsements for a raft of ballot propositions designed to rescue state finances. "One of the most important things on issues is to get local political leaders, law enforcement leaders and business leaders to support us," Schwarzenegger said at a news conference staged at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sheriff Lee Baca and Chamber President Gary Toebben announced their support for the six measures on the May 19 special election...
  • Teachers union adds $2.2 milllion more to ballot war chest

    04/10/2009 7:55:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 394+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/10/9 | Shane Goldmacher
    The California Teachers Association has deposited another $2.2 million into the campaign to pass Propositions 1A and 1B, bringing the group's total spending to nearly $5 million.
  • Governor: State stands at cliff's edge - Schwarzenegger campaigns for budget rescue

    04/08/2009 8:46:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 133 replies · 1,845+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 4/8/09 | Rick Orlov
    WOODLAND HILLS - As he launched a radio ad campaign Tuesday for his budget measures on the May 19 ballot, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said failure to approve the package would worsen the state's already-dire fiscal crisis. "If they don't pass, we will be facing a $50 billion problem," Schwarzenegger said at a meeting with Daily News editors and reporters. "It will mean massive cuts in education, hospitals, prisons. These are things people don't want to see cut." Schwarzenegger's campaign committee, Budget Reform Now, began its advertising campaign Tuesday for the six ballot measures - Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E...
  • California's anti-tax crusaders talk revolt

    04/07/2009 6:37:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 1,453+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-04-07 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taking inspiration from a landmark 1970s tax revolt, a determined group of activists say the moment is right for another voter uprising in California, where recession-battered residents have been hit with the highest income and sales tax rates in the nation. And like Proposition 13, the 1978 ballot measure that transformed the state's political landscape and ignited tax-reform movements nationwide, they see the next backlash coming not from either major political party, but from the people. If the anti-tax crusaders can galvanize voter discontent, they hope to roll back the latest tax hikes, impose permanent, iron-clad...
  • CA: Voters could push deficit past $15 billion

    04/06/2009 9:48:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 881+ views ^ | 4/6/09 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento -- California's recently christened budget is expected to be billions of dollars in the red before the new fiscal year begins in July, although it's a manageable gap, many state officials say. But if voters reject a package of ballot measures in the May 19 special election, then the projected shortfall could push the state's deficit to more than $15 billion, creating a new fiscal crisis. That, state lawmakers fear, would prompt the same kind of partisan posturing - over tax increases and program cuts - that led to last summer's record-setting impasse. "If the voters reject (the measures),...
  • Teachers union drops another $1 million toward ballot measures

    04/03/2009 2:14:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 547+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 4/3/9 | Shane Goldmacher
    The California Teachers Association has donated another $1 million to pass the budget package on the May 19 special election.
  • California lawmakers weigh options for a potential fiscal 'doomsday'

    04/01/2009 8:35:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 965+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/1/09 | Eric Bailey
    Legislative leaders are weighing contingency plans for a potential fiscal "doomsday" if a slate of ballot measures designed to balance the state budget fails in the May 19 special election. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the bipartisan team of lawmakers pushing the half-dozen propositions continue to insist that the campaign has just begun and can still be won despite a recent public opinion poll showing all but one measure trailing badly. California’s “Big Five” on fixing the...But, behind the scenes, elected leaders and staffers have begun brainstorming additional budget cuts that might be necessary. That effort comes little more than a...
  • Media mogul drops $1.5 million into initiative campaigns

    03/31/2009 11:16:27 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 341+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/30/9 | Peter Hecht
    A. Jerrold "Jerry" Perenchio, former chair of the largest Spanish-language media company in the United States, has donated $1.5 million to back two May special election measures. Perenchio's donated the money to the Budget Reform Now committee, which calls for "yes" votes on Propositions 1A and 1C. Proposition 1A would impose state spending restrictions, establish a "rainy day" fund for budget shortages and extend tax increases for two years. Proposition 1C allows the state to borrow $5 billion against future profits of a revamped state lottery. It is the second time that Perenchio, former head of Univision Communications Inc., has...
  • Five of six ballot items doomed, says California GOP Senate leader

    03/27/2009 9:28:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 781+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/27/9 | Susan Ferriss
    Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, the Republicans' new state Senate leader, predicted Thursday that five out of six ballot measures linked to the budget deal will fail at the polls May 19.Speaking to a Sacramento Press Club luncheon, Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta, also said majority Democrats would have gotten the blame if the recent budget deal had collapsed and driven the state into insolvency.Hollingsworth took over the Senate GOP caucus in the middle of the night after his colleagues deposed Sen. Dave Cogdill of Modesto. Cogdill had cut the budget deal that included tax increases with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democrats and Assembly Republican Leader...
  • California Reminder: Sales and Use Tax Rate Increases on April 1, 2009

    03/26/2009 2:40:38 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 29 replies · 1,894+ views
    Sales and Use Tax Rate Increases on April 1, 2009 Effective April 1, 2009, the State sales and use tax rate increases by 1%. In addition, if you are in a city or county that has a new voter approved local district tax rate increase effective on April 1, 2009, your overall tax rate increase will be higher. The combined statewide and district tax rates that apply as of April 1, 2009, are listed on the reverse side of the Special Notice, Sales and Use Tax Rate Increases on April 1, 2009. For more information about the additional new district...
  • CA: Ballot measures on California budget in trouble, poll finds

    03/26/2009 1:33:39 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 28 replies · 716+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 25, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
    Five state ballot measures aimed at solving California's budget crisis are falling short of the support needed to pass in the May special election, a sign that voters may force lawmakers into another fierce clash over tax hikes and spending cuts, according to a poll released Wednesday. The state's dismal economy has already partly unraveled the budget deal that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature reached last month, with a drop in tax collections leaving a new $8-billion shortfall. Rejection of the ballot measures would widen the gap to nearly $14 billion. The least popular measure, Proposition 1C, is also...
  • Foes surface against California ballot measures

    03/26/2009 7:54:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 563+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/26/9 | Kevin Yamamura
    Opposition has emerged to several ballot measures that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders believe are essential to resolving the state's massive budget deficit. There may never be a better time for opponents to pounce. Voters are angry about the economy, state budget and leadership in Sacramento, and seem willing to express their disgust through the six measures, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, or PPIC. "I think this thing is going to go down because the people of this state have just about had it," said Ted Costa of People's Advocate, a...
  • May Ballot Props - A Really Bad Deal

    03/25/2009 10:10:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 357+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 3/25/09 | Ray Haynes
    I am going to vote no on all of the propositions in May. Very simply stated, the so-called spending limit does not warrant the tax increases, or an extension. As usual, our Republican friends in the Legislature got sold a bill of goods. They really got nothing for the tax increases they voted. for. The ballot propositions that are supposed to implement the budget solutions are either meaningless, foolish, or increase state spending. As usual, the Democrats got everything they wanted, that is, no spending reductions at all (I am not going to argue about the baseline issues, there really...
  • Arnold's Prop. 1A pitch is just same ol' false refrain

    03/25/2009 12:36:20 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 459+ views
    L.A. Daily News ^ | 03/24/2009 | Jon Coupal
    Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Contact him through the organization's Web site, All right, Sherman, let's set the Wayback Machine for Feb. 16, 2004. Listen, we can hear Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger telling voters that Proposition 58 would basically take the politicians' credit cards away so that those big spenders would never ever get the state into this kind of trouble again. While Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine may be a fantasy recognizable to fans of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, the words of the governor were actually spoken. Californians listened, approved Proposition 58 and, based...
  • CA: State GOP putting money where their mouth isn't

    03/24/2009 11:19:47 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 422+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 23 2009 | John Wildermuth
    Confusion continues to reign over just who is supporting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget reform package in the May 19 special election and it doesn't get much fuzzier than in the upper reaches of his own Republican Party. On Friday, for example, the board of directors of the state GOP urged its own executive committee to formally oppose Prop. 1A, which would cap future state spending and extend some newly enacted tax hikes. The 23-member board "supports a spending cap, but we oppose the taxes that will continue for two years upon voter approval," the directors said in a resolution to...
  • State Worker: Jobs hinge on May 19 ballot measures

    03/12/2009 7:47:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 319+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/12/9 | Jon Ortiz
    Some random observations from the last few weeks:• Many state employees will be watching the May 19 special election as if their jobs depend on the outcome – because some might.Several budget-related ballot measures will be in front of voters that day, including one to temporarily raise taxes to pump up the state's "rainy day" fund. Here's why it matters to state workers: Last week, the Association of California State Supervisors asked administration officials if the governor would still lay off employees, or if he would abandon the plan since lawmakers have passed a budget.(Remember, state workers' twice-monthly furlough is...