Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Props 1A-1F are on the ballot today.
1A Extends the sales tax increase from 2 to 4 years. Did we have any say in the first 2 years? No. FAIL
1B Something about actually funding the schools with money allocated currently to schools starting in a few years maybe. FAIL
1C Sells the State Lottery and leases it back to "save" money. FAIL
1D Shuffles money around in children's programs. FAIL
1E Takes money from mental health programs and kinda promises to probably pay it back someday. FAIL
1F Symbolically suspends pay raises when the budget isn't balanced. PASS
I'll post an update at the first calls. Results page
Sadly, the message will be lost on the Legislators in Sacramento. We spend more on the 170,000 prisoners than we do on the far larger State College/University/Community College systems. Probably has something to do with paying guards more than Associate Professors. It isn't just spending less, it is priorities.