I cannot verify if this is true, but apparently, today in the state of California, there was an election.
I read about it in the Daily News. This is part of what they said:
“At the core of the governor’s reform effort is Proposition 1A, which extends a sales tax hike for a year; increases the state income and motor vehicle taxes for two years; and increases the state’s “rainy day” fund from 5 to 12.5 percent of the General Fund. It also gives the governor the power to make midyear spending cuts when revenues fall short of projections.
My comment: why not just raise the tax on gasoline by 50 cents?
Proposition 1B, which would take effect only if 1A passes, would restore $9.3 billion to public schools and community colleges, beginning in 2011.
My comment: so the second proposition can only take effect if the first one takes effect. Makes sense to me.
Proposition 1C allows the state to borrow $5 billion against future earnings on the state lottery.
My comment: the state of California is in the gambling business and encourages its citizens and others visiting here to gamble to support the state spending habit.
Proposition 1D would temporarily divert revenue from children’s health programs, while Proposition 1E would funnel funds from mental health services to reduce the deficit.
My comment: when times are tough, that’s when you have to get tough on children and the mentally ill.
Finally, Proposition 1F – the only measure currently leading in public opinion polls – would prohibit the governor, lawmakers and other elected state officials from receiving pay raises in years when the state is running a deficit.
My comment: only this one makes any sense
Even if the measures are approved by voters, the state will still be facing a $15 billion deficit. If the package fails, the shortfall jumps to $21 billion.
My comment: I didn’t vote today and I am not ashamed.