Friday, May 15, 2009

SPECIAL ELECTION -- PROGRESSIVE VOTER GUIDE

Tuesday is Election Day and it's an important one for the future of California. The May 19th election figures to be a low turnout election, which means that those of us who do vote, and who organize others to vote, can have a bigger impact than usual. Exercise your right to VOTE!!! Peace, Paul B

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).
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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.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've read that Prop. 1B will only take effect if Prop. 1A passes. Wouldn't this suggest a yes vote on 1A and 1B?

John said...

1A would reduce the state's ability to fund higher education over time since colleges and universities depend on general fund monies; the general fund as a proportion of the budget would shrink over time since prior propositions have locked in spending increases in other areas, and 1A does nothing to adjust this problem.

I believe 1B is largely aimed at primary and secondary education.

It's unfortunate that the legislators seem to have designed the propositions so one or the other segment of education is going to be shafted regardless of how voters vote, and then it will be portrayed as our fault for voting to cut education...

Paul B said...

To put John's point slightly differently, we think 1A is very bad and 1B is pretty good. We wish they weren't a package deal but they are. Our first priority is to defeat 1A. Should 1A pass anyway, than having 1B also pass would be a consolation prize. The legislators who linked 1A and 1B are trying to make us fall for the okey doke... but we're not falling for it. : )

Michael D. Fox said...

Why do you support a Yes vote on 1F (which prevents pay raises for elected state offficials during budget deficit years)?

No one really believes that limiting pay raises for officials would get us to a budget one second faster.

Moreover, it would have an impact only on those few officials -- always Democrat -- who actually depend on their legislative paycheck for their livlihood.

Prop 1F is pure demogogery -- and reflects and reenforces the Republican anti-government ideology.