Three months afterMore....
Californiaseemingly averted a state budget meltdown, voters are being asked to ratify billions of dollars in higher taxes that were part of the deal.
So far, voters don't seem to be buying it, a mood that portends trouble for other deficit-addled states whose political leaders are proposing tax hikes as a way out.
"The voters who are really tuned in are really turned off," said Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California, a think tank. "They see the state's budget situation as a big problem, but so far, they don't like the solution."
Among the half-dozen ballot initiatives facing voters in a special election Tuesday are tax hikes and borrowing measures that are the centerpiece of Republican Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget plan.
Two polls, one conducted by the Field Poll in late April and another by the Public Policy Institute of California in early May, found Schwarzenegger's proposals trailing badly. Those proposals include a $16 billion extension in sales, auto, income and other tax increases for two additional years while placing a cap on future state spending.
Friday, May 15, 2009
They must be selfish
If one were to use the standards of the liberal who accused people who won't vote for tax increases as being "selfish" then there are apparently one hell of a lot of selfish liberals in the state of California.....