Propositions offer terrible choices Elections, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on May 18, 2009 at 8:08 pm
California's budget stalemate and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression culminate in the May 19 special election, when voters will be asked to approve legislation that would never survive in better times.
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Posted by Julie, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on May 18, 2009 at 8:08 pm
After reading the Voice's editorial on the special election, I watched the League of Women Voter's guide to the propositions on Channel 15. All I can say is "wow, we spend almost 50% of the State's general fund on education?" Look at the product we're getting! Since teacher's are not paid that much, where is all the money going?
PS The Voice erred in reporting on Prop 1A. The tax increase on income is across the board--not the top tax brackets. Either the Voice or the LWV is wrong on that point.
Posted by Jon Wiener, a resident of another community, on May 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm
"1C makes changes to improve performance of the state lottery and to increase payouts and proceeds."
I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I really don't like this measure. If it were just a bond or just a measure that severed the lottery's connection to education, it would probably be bad enough. But it's much worse than that. "Improv[ing] performance of the state lottery" really means trying to get people to gamble more. It's far too 1984 for my tastes.