Proposition 1A, It Simply Stinks

The left wing also is expressing the view that Proposition 1A is a mistake and you should also vote NO. They may not be pleased that they are voting alongside John and Ken and the Howard Jarvis gang, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend it seems these days. Our friends at Calitics.com are having a spirited debate why Democratic Party voters and their allies should oppose the initiative.

The spending cap may excite the right and listeners of John and Ken, but they do not like Proposition 1A because it has loopholes. However if you care about public services, expect them to become more substandard with the passage of Proposition 1A. Expect revenue expenditures to be 15 billion below the governor’s expected baseline spending in 2010 to 21 billion by 2012. Although the tax increases may enraged the conservative oriented voters where they are mad that these taxes will only last for four years, these spending caps will be basically permanent. Another bad thing about Proposition 1A is that its Rainy Day Fund has to have contributions fed into it even in down economic years. However the spending caps are not true spending caps because they can be manipulated when fees are added to pay for the governmental services and spending.

Proposition 1A stinks, it gives the governor power to cut budgets mid-year, so if you like the reduced class selection at your local UC or CSU or community college you have not seen nothing yet.

Proposition 1B is also being discussed because it has a clause where if Proposition 1A passes, Proposition 1B gets the green light if it is approved. This is the initiative that steals from the rainy day fund to pay for education, where it is payback for the California Teachers Association. So basically the rainy day fund would be a misnomer because the CTA would want to gobble up all that extra money. And if you like extra money for education, the 9 billion dollars for education is a onetime expense, so Caltics for example opposed the initiative due to its dependence on having it passed with 1A and how it is a onetime infusion to education.

In future posts before the Special Election in May, I will cover the other initiatives and a column to discuss, What Next? Since voters will likely sink 1A-1F, we need simple and easy to understand solutions to make things right for the people of our state.

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