California voters sent a clear message to the California State legislature: Cut spending and balance the budget.
Of 6 statewide propositions on the ballot, 5 failed in landslide defeats to move money around in a crooked shell game of rob Peter to pay Paul.
The measures, Propositions 1A through 1E, were each rejected by more than 60 percent of voters. A sixth measure, to freeze salaries for lawmakers and other top state officials in deficit years, was overwhelmingly approved by the 4 million voters who made it to the polls.
Results here: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/props/allprops.htm?tsp=1
Passage would have meant higher taxes to increase the States rainy day fund, increases to long term spending in education, using State lottery revenue to fund California's budget, diverting funding from child programs, and diverted funding from mental health services.
Message to Sacramento: Voters don't believe in shell games to fund big programs.
TAX Increases are not that easy in California.
Manna from Heaven....
The underlying blessing for Californians is Proposition 13, passed in 1978, which amended the State's constitution to cap property taxes at 1% of the full cash value, and also required a two-thirds vote majority in local elections for local governments wishing to raise special taxes. Proposition 13 was put forward by Republicans who saw first hand out-of-control tax assessors who were giving property tax discounts to family and friends by undervaluing their property, while inflating property values in commercial and poorer areas and redistributing the revenue to outer districts.
As a result, Prop 13 has kept taxes lower than what they otherwise would have been under a liberal legislature hell-bent on funding every program under the California sun.
The message is clear.... Eliminate wasteful programs. Cut back on non-essential ones. Fully fund essential services. And have the wisdom to determine which is which.
Back to the drawing board legislators.... only this time do your job.