Keyword: prop1abcdef

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Schwarzenegger sees 'self-inflicted' budget wounds

    05/26/2009 12:22:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1,116+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/26/9 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger considers himself a glass-half-full guy, and he ended his California Small Business Day speech in Sacramento with a dose of optimism. But it seemed clear the governor has just about had it with California's governance system, especially after last week's special election was a colossal failure. Though he blamed many of the state's budget problems on the current economic collapse, he said part of our woes are "self-inflicted." "California hasn't had a responsible fiscal system since Earl Warren in the late '40s and early '50s," he said. The governor ticked off a number of complaints about the...
  • Arnold Looking for "Quick" Solution (Annexation by Austria?)

    05/21/2009 4:12:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 648+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 5/21/09
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday that he and lawmakers will try to quickly solve the state's $21.3 billion deficit without taxes, gimmicks or much borrowing. The Republican governor told reporters after a prayer breakfast in the capital that voters sent state leaders a clear message during Tuesday's special election: Live within your means. Schwarzenegger said he took that as a sign voters want more cuts to state programs. He also has proposed selling state assets such as San Quentin State Prison, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and CalExpo, the state fairgrounds in Sacramento. "All of us have to do the...
  • CA: Assembly Speaker Karen Bass thinks voters were just "confused" and "fatigued" by voting NO

    05/20/2009 9:07:22 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 51 replies · 1,719+ views
    YouTube ^ | May 20, 2009 | Karen Bass
    Here are some partial quotes: "Voters were very confused on what we were asking them to do" "Voters were saying: "It was quite complex" "This is too complicated" "We don't want to vote on it" "We are fatigued with the number of elections we have had, especially Special Elections" "We realize that there are going to be cuts but whatever needs to be done, you do it, and we don not want to participate in it." What an arrogant condescending twit. And she still doesn't get it. I sent her a "nice" message. http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/Speaker/
  • California Results map

    05/20/2009 3:25:13 PM PDT · by Kansas58 · 24 replies · 1,286+ views
    Califoria Secretary of State ^ | 5/20/09 | CA Election Office
    MapsAll Ballot Measures Statewide/County Ballot Measures Proposition 1A Proposition 1D Proposition 1B Proposition 1E Proposition 1C Proposition 1F 65.9% NO on 1A 62.6% No on 1B
  • Defeat Is Sharp Rebuke To Governor, Legislature

    05/19/2009 9:43:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies · 1,355+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 19th 2009
    Defeat is sharp rebuke to governor, Legislature Matthew Yi,Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau Tuesday, May 19, 2009 As expected, California voters were rejecting a package of ballot measures in Tuesday's special election that would have reduced the state's projected budget deficit of $21.3 billion to something slightly less overwhelming: $15.4 billion, early returns showed. The defeat of the measures means that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature will have to consider deeper cuts to education, public safety, and health and human services, officials have said. Propositions 1A through 1E were being defeated in early returns. Those measures seek to...
  • Heads Up, CA! Editorial: Vote 'No' on All Six State Propositions

    05/18/2009 5:29:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 40 replies · 1,407+ views
    The spendthrift governor and Legislature over-taxed and over-spent California state government into its current predicament. They put government employees first and taxpayers second. They routinely overestimated future revenue while consistently mismanaging the cash on hand. Their fiscal appetites regularly were greater than what they could afford, and they put off solving their financial problems by borrowing more and more, and shifting money around to pay for things taxpayers didn't intend that money to be spent on. This should tell voters everything they need to know about Propositions 1A-1F on Tuesday's special election ballot. The same people who created this mess...
  • 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...
  • California Screamin’

    05/17/2009 1:06:48 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 57 replies · 4,311+ views
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 5/17/2009 | Guy Smith
    The end of Washington’s spending spree may soon come thanks to incautious California. The day care center known as the California Legislature has led the State of Disaster to fiscal ruin. So bad is the situation here in the Shaky State that politicians - unable to balance the budget without bankrupting the taxpayers - rigged a series of ballot propositions to do jigger the books. ... Odds of these ballot measures passing is slightly below Hell’s sixth ring. If they fail, California’s $42 billion shortage combined with its junk bond rating would likely push the Land of Fruits and Nuts...
  • If budget ballot measures fail, governor may release 38,000 prisoners

    05/14/2009 9:30:23 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 786+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/14/9 | Andy Furillo
    On Jan. 10, 2008, it was 22,000. This past New Year's Eve, it was 15,000. Two weeks ago Friday, it was 8,000. Now, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration – looking down the barrel again at a massive budget crisis – is talking about letting 38,000 inmates out of prison before their time is up. Proposals 1 and 2 never got off the ground when the governor's budget writers eventually found the money to keep the prisons full. More recently, the administration never followed up with legislation to enact the early releases corrections Secretary Matt Cate announced on April 24. The latest...
  • A "No" Vote Grows In California, And What It Means For Obama/Pelosi/Reid Rationing

    05/14/2009 7:53:49 AM PDT · by FromLori · 65 replies · 1,949+ views
    TownHall ^ | 5/13/09
    he majorities rejecting the attempt to tax California into a brave new world are growing, and Arnold and his tax-and-spend-and-tax-again Democratic allies are facing an embarrassing meltdown in next week's vote in California. The tax hike crowd have spent massively on the initiatives and Arnold is stumping furiously, but the no vote is fueled by voter anger at the enormous surge in spending in the Golden State over the past decade, and by the refusal to make serious reforms in the way the state runs. The public pension problem is also beginning to come into view, and ordinary voters are...
  • CA: If Props Fail, $21.3 Billion Deficit

    05/11/2009 6:10:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 889+ views
    KQED - Capitol Notes ^ | 5/11/09 | John Myers
    Late word this evening that will get everyone's attention: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has informed legislative leaders that if three of the six budget-related ballot measures fail next Tuesday, the state faces a $21.3 billion deficit between now and next July. In a letter to the four legislators this afternoon, Schwarzenegger actually offered two new assessments from his budget team of what lies in store for California: a $15.4 billion shortfall if Propositions 1C, 1D, and 1E pass, and the aforementioned $21.3 billion if they fail. This comes after Schwarzenegger told reporters in Culver City today that he intends to release...
  • CA: May election more of an IQ test - Voters can pass the test by voting no on everything

    05/10/2009 11:10:58 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 32 replies · 949+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 10, 2009 | Steven Greenhut
    Don't think of the May 19 ballot as a special election so much as an IQ test. California voters are being asked to approve six budget "reforms" that will supposedly fix the state's massive budget deficit and keep politicians from digging a big hole in the future. The titles and verbiage for each one are rather complex, but it's not any test of intelligence to figure out what the measures really mean. ... The real test comes with our decision about how to vote ... The underlying question for each of the propositions is the same: Are voters stupid enough...
  • 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...
  • Poll: 5 of 6 measures in Calif. election trailing (taxpayer revolt in CA?)

    05/08/2009 6:32:56 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 31 replies · 1,391+ views
    Mercury News ^ | May 8, 2009 | Staff
    SACRAMENTO—Five of the six budget-related measures on California's May 19 special election ballot are trailing, particularly among voters who say they're closely following election news, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Thursday. "The voters who are really tuned in are really turned off," said Mark Baldassare, president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based research organization. "They see the state's budget situation as a big problem, but so far they don't like the solution." The six propositions, put on the ballot by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers, are an attempt to deal with the state's...
  • AM Alert: Not in the mood

    05/08/2009 12:57:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 432+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/8/9 | Micaela Massimino
    California voters are standing firm in their opposition to the budget-related propositions on the May 19 ballot, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. The PPIC's latest poll mirrors previous surveys showing strong resistance to all but Proposition 1F on elected officials' pay raises. That's even though voters are split on whether the governor and the Legislature should have called the election. Here are the numbers. The rest told pollsters they haven't made up their minds. Proposition 1A: 52 percent no, 35 percent yesProposition 1B: 47 percent no, 40 percent yesProposition 1C: 58 percent no, 32 percent yesProposition 1D:...
  • California Federation of Teachers sues state for $12 billion (recouping funds state owes schools)

    05/07/2009 7:15:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 675+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/7/09 | Kevin Yamamura
    The California Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit today against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials to recoup $12 billion in education funds it says the state owes schools. The suit in San Francisco Superior Court comes as CFT campaigns against Proposition 1A, a spending limit and temporary tax hike on the May 19 ballot. That proposal, in conjunction with Proposition 1B, would help provide schools $9.3 billion of the $12 billion that CFT is demanding. But CFT opposes Proposition 1A because it believes the measure would limit long-term funding for schools. The lawsuit is partly a political attempt...
  • CA: Props Fail, State Taps Local Government? (Plan B .. Deja Vu all over again)

    05/05/2009 5:54:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 801+ views
    Capitol Notes / KQED ^ | 5/5/09 | John Myers
    The 'Plan B' scenarios if the special election measures are defeated continue to trickle out of the administration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This afternoon, a new one: the governor is prepared to propose a $2 billion suspension of the 2004 constitutional initiative protecting city and county revenues. Talk of suspending 2004's Proposition 1A comes on the heels of a meeting yesterday where Schwarzenegger aides told the firefighting community that voters rejecting the measures on the ballot in two weeks time would result in as many as 1,700 firefighting positions. One local government official on this afternoon's call said the plan...
  • CA: McClintock on the Propositions

    05/05/2009 1:47:49 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 44 replies · 1,610+ views
    tommcclintock.com ^ | May 5, 2009 | Tom McClintock
    Here are Rep. McClintock's recommendations for the May 19th Special Election. Prop 1A: Extend the Tax Increases. NO. This is the fig leaf that hides certain deficiencies suffered by the legislators who caved into pressure for the biggest tax increase in California's history. This measure EXTENDS the tax increases for up to two ADDITIONAL years in exchange for a spending limit that doesn't limit spending. The "spending limit" is laughable – it requires placing "unanticipated revenues" into a special fund that is then to be spent for a variety of additional purposes including education, debt service and health care. And...
  • Dan Walters: What’s Plan B if five ballot measures fail?

    05/01/2009 7:57:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 959+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/1/9 | Dan Walters
    Prospects are rapidly diminishing for the five ballot measures that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders say they need to keep the state budget from drowning in red ink. So, one might ask, what's Plan B? Rejection of three measures (Propositions 1C, 1D and 1E) would have a direct impact totaling nearly $6 billion on the 2009-10 budget, which was supposedly balanced by Schwarzenegger and legislators in February. Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor has already proclaimed that the 2009-10 plan is $8 billion out of whack, so rejection of those three measures would create a $14 billion hole. But wait, there's...
  • 5 of 6 Special Election Propositions in California are Losing

    04/30/2009 8:28:50 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 28 replies · 1,192+ views
    Field Poll ^ | 4/29/09 | Field Poll
    Following passage of the long-delayed state budget in February, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders agreed to place proposals for voter approval onto a special statewide election scheduled for May 19. Now, with just three weeks to Election Day, a new Field Poll finds pluralities of likely voters lining up on the No side on five of six of the ballot measures.
  • Field Poll: Angry voters are 'tuned out' in run-up to special election

    04/30/2009 7:57:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 883+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/30/9 | Steve Wiegand
    Judging by the results of this week's Field polls, California voters: (a) Are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore. (b) Don't give a rat's patootie about the May 19 special election. (c) Are highly skeptical that the half-dozen propositions on the aforementioned election's ballot are going to do much to buoy the state's sinking finances. The correct answer, based on interviews with veteran observers of the California political scene, as well as voters themselves, is (d) all of the above. "They are extremely leery of budget proposals coming out of Sacramento," said Jack Pitney, a professor...
  • Field Poll Finds Five Of Six California Ballot Measures Failing [TAX REVOLT!]

    04/29/2009 11:10:58 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,007+ views
    LATimes ^ | April 29, 2009
    Field Poll finds five of six California ballot measures failing April 29, 2009 California voters appear to be leaning toward "no" on five of six statewide propositions on the May 19 ballot, including measures that would boost the state's sagging budget and provide more funding for schools and colleges, according to a new Field Poll. The poll results come as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been campaigning hard in favor of Proposition 1A, which he said is crucial to helping fix the state's budget mess. Other Republicans oppose the measure, saying it is likely to bring new taxes. According to the...
  • Dan Walters: Complex ballot measures still falling short

    04/29/2009 8:25:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 467+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/29/9 | Dan Walters
    A sturdy axiom of ballot- measure politics is that voters who are confused or uncertain about a proposition's effects will vote against it. That's why a measure's opposition forces often use advertising and other political tools not to make a conclusive case, but to plant doubt and/or confusion. Conversely, of course, proponents try to hammer home a simple, positive message. The six budget-related measures on the May 19 special election ballot are especially complex, as if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators purposely set out to make them as confusing as possible, with interrelated wordage, triggers and poison pills. And that...
  • CALIFORNIA: 5 of 6 budget ballot measures trailing in poll

    04/29/2009 7:57:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies · 909+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/29/9 | John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In an angry rebuff to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Party leaders, voters are turning thumbs down on a package of budget reform measures on the May 19 special election ballot, a new Field Poll shows. Support for five of the six measures, all of which require a majority vote, is no greater than 40 percent and each is running between nine and 27 percentage points behind the opposition. Only Proposition 1F, which would bar pay raises for government leaders in budget deficit years, looks like a winner, leading 71 percent to 24 percent. More than 70 percent of...
  • Poll: One Month From California Special Election, Opposition Grows to 5 of 6 Ballot Measures

    04/23/2009 3:19:37 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 17 replies · 1,251+ views
    SurveyUSA ^ | 04/23/09 | SurveyUSA
    As early voting begins on six state of California ballot propositions, opposition is growing to 5 of the 6 measures, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno. Because turnout in a special election is typically low, and because voters do not focus until the last minute, many 'likely voters' interviewed by SurveyUSA say they are not yet certain how they will vote on the measures. Any outcome remains possible. On Proposition 1A, The Rainy Day Budget Stabilization and Accountability Fund, 42% of voters today are certain...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • AG Jerry Brown stands with Schwarzenegger in support of Props. 1A-1F

    04/14/2009 1:32:56 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 552+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | April 14 2009 | Carla Marinucci
    Democratic State Attorney General Jerry Brown, standing Tuesday at the side of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, declared his support for the Republican governor's budget reform measures Props. 1A-1F on the May 19 special election ballot. The two state officials were surrounded by fire and police chiefs from Alameda County at an Alameda fire station for the announcement by the Attorney General and former two-term governor -- who is strongly considered likely to run for a third gubernatorial term in the 2010 election. The move comes just days after Brown expressed what was described in a Calbuzz interview as "tepid" support for...
  • 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,...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • CA: Voters could push deficit past $15 billion

    04/06/2009 9:48:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 881+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 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.
  • CA: Vote could cut First 5 funds (Prop. 1D, redirects chunk of Prop. 10 proceeds to general fund)

    04/03/2009 11:12:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 514+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 4/3/09 | Jennifer Torres
    Among the special election propositions that Californians will consider as part of the 2009-10 budget plan is a measure that puts at odds the needs and interests of two groups responsible for providing much of the preschool education offered in San Joaquin County. Voters in 1998 approved the 50-cent-per-pack tobacco tax that sends millions of dollars to First 5 commissions throughout the state to pay for health and education programs focused on children 5 and younger. Proposition 1D, which will appear on the May 19 ballot, seeks to help fill California's gaping budget hole by sending much of that tobacco-tax...
  • 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...
  • Riordan slams ballot measures

    03/29/2009 9:32:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 733+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/29/9 | Dan Smith
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can't be happy that the ballot measures he and leading Democrats are pushing for the May 19 special election took a gut punch in this morning's Los AngelesTimes from former LA Mayor Richard Riordan. Titled "California's May ballot scam," Riordan's op-ed says the Republican governor and legislative backers of the measures could challenge Bernie Madoff for "swindler of the year." . . . But Riordan says both parties are blindly supporting the approach. ..." And to my conservative friends: Will you be intimidated into voting for something you know is wrong? You should be against increases in...
  • 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...
  • Arnold on politics, a "Terminator" film and going independent: "I can do anything I want"

    03/27/2009 8:17:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 791+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/27/9 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by The Chronicle this week and made it clear his future is wide open. Asked if he has taken a position to ''never again'' run for political office, the Republican governor told us that if he can finish the job by delivering on tough issues like the state budget, the water supply and then environment, then ''I think I can do anything I want.'' But one thing he won't do -- even in light of his current friendly relationship with Democratic President Obama and harsh criticism the state GOP is leveling his way -- is...
  • CA: State GOP to consider ballot measures next month [Too Late! and what's to consider?]

    03/27/2009 1:33:21 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 8 replies · 441+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 26, 2009
    California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring said Thursday he will convene an executive committee meeting next month to decide the party's positions on the May 19 ballot measures. The meeting comes as stark divisions remain within the state GOP on the proposals. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is spearheading the campaign drive. He is visiting editorial boards with Democratic leaders in tow, but also Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines and former Senate Republican leader Dave Cogdill, who was ousted in a caucus coup right before the budget passed last month. While Villines and Cogdill have signed on to advocate for measures...
  • 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...
  • CA: Money seals the deal between Schwarzenegger and CTA

    03/25/2009 10:06:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 355+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/25/09 | John Wildermuth
    In the movies, the hero often signs off on a major agreement by slashing his hand or thumb and sharing blood with his new partner. In politics, it's a lot less messy, since the partners just share money. Over the weekend, the California Teachers Association agreed to back all six of the budget measures on the May 19 special election ballot. It's a move that likely drew a deep sigh of relief from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, ... The deal was sealed Monday when the CTA gave $47,500 to Budget Reform Now, the Schwarzenegger-backed group leading the campaign effort. On that...
  • 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...
  • CA: No new taxes? GOP dollars support campaign Republicans abhore

    03/23/2009 3:07:04 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 21 replies · 537+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | March 16, 2009 | Brian Joseph
    (snip) The day the Legislature approved the budget package, California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring released a statement saying: “We vigorously oppose any increase in taxes. ... ” So why is the California Republican Party contributing money to support the tax increases? You read that right: Republican campaign dollars (as first reported by Red County) are going to support Budget Reform Now, the campaign for Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 1F, the measures on the May 19 special election ballot that were part of the budget package. Prop. 1A, which implements a state spending cap, is directly tied...
  • CALIFORNIA: Ballot measures' labels changed after complaints

    03/06/2009 8:18:44 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 529+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/6/9 | Bee staff
    Ballot labels on two measures in the May 19 special election were altered Thursday after complaints that the Legislature's wording was misleading and biased in favor of their passage. The labels are seen as critical because voters often rely on them as their sole source of information. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny reworded part of the label for Proposition 1A, which would impose a state spending restriction and extend tax increases lawmakers approved as part of the budget deal last month. The original ballot label made no mention of the tax increase extensions and portrayed the spending cap as...
  • Abel Maldonado: Hated By All (Conservatives, Liberals, Moderates Agree)

    03/04/2009 3:12:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 863+ views
    Let's hope Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) has reconnected with some old high school friends on Facebook. They might be the only people who will talk to him anymore. Two weeks ago the state senator, whose district runs from Santa Barbara County to Los Gatos, alienated pretty much everybody on both sides of the aisle by refusing to vote for the state budget until he'd extracted a concession on open primaries. The concept, which would in theory favor moderate candidates, is a staple of reformers, but Maldonado managed to irritate even potential supporters. To wit: former District 27 Assemblyman Fred...