PROGRESSIVE VOTER GUIDE
2009 SPECIAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, MAY 19th
Prop 1A: NO – Vote for Grad Caps, Not Spending Caps! Changes CA budget process. Diverts money into reserve fund even when economy falters. (*See Below for analysis.)
Prop 1B: YES –Repays cuts in education funding. (*See Below for analysis.)
Prop 1C: NO –State Lottery (borrows from future lottery funds).
Prop 1D: NO –Cuts funding for children’s services such as health care.
Prop 1E: NO –Cuts funding for much needed mental health services.
Prop 1F: YES –Prevents pay raises for elected state offficials during budget deficit years.
Note: If we vote “No” on the selected above issues the state will have to reopen negotiations on the budget. The Sacramento Progressive Alliance favors a future initiative to end the 2/3 vote requirement for the Legislature to pass the budget. This will allow the Legislature to pass a budget and to not rely on ballot box budgeting campaigns.
*Analysis of Prop 1A and 1B
No on Prop 1 A -- Since 2002 the CSU has lost almost $1 billion in state funding. Students have been charged more fees to make up the losses. Prop. 1A places a spending cap on the state budget that will make these cuts permanent. The CSU budget will not be restored to the levels of 2002 and tuition will continue to rise. The Board of Regents is voting this week to increase tuition for the Fall by 10%.
Prop 1A would actually make it more difficult for future governors and legislatures to enact budgets that meet California's needs and address state priorities. It would amend the state Constitution to dictate restrictions on the use of funds put into the reserve and limit how "unanticipated" revenues can be used in good years. It could lock in a reduced level of public services, including university education, by not taking proper account of the state's changing demographics and actual growth in costs.
Yes on 1 B -- California's k-12 education system is in crisis because it is underfunded. Contrary to the wishes of the voters, politicians continue to fail to adequately fund our schools. When comparisons include cost of living, California ranks 47th out of the 50 states in per pupil expenditures. Our schools are suffering. This is unacceptable.
Prop. 1 B would begin to repay the schools some $9 Billion taken by the Legislature from school funding this year in response to the economic crisis. The money would be repaid beginning in 2011, when we hope this economic crisis will have passed. Prop 1 B would return California to the minimum guarantee of funding for schools that exists in current law.
Prepared by Dr. Duane Campbell and Leisa Faulkner for the Progressive Alliance.