Monday, March 16, 2009

League of Women Voters of CA Opposes 1E

It did not take long for the respected League of Women Voters of California to weigh in on the budget-related propositions on the May 19 ballot.

On Proposition 1E, the League is clear: Vote NO.

Prop. 1E is one of four measures the League officially opposes. The others are Prop. 1A, Prop. 1C and Prop. 1D. (The group took no position on the remaining issues, Prop. 1B and Prop. 1F.)

Of all the propositions, Prop. 1D is most similar to Prop. 1E, in that both proposals would take money from new revenue sources approved by voters and redirect those funds away from programs spelled out in those initiatives. The League said:
Propositions 1D and 1E. On May 19, voters will also be asked to approve the temporary taking of funds from early childhood and mental health programs that were established by two previous initiatives. These are illusory, stopgap measures, and the League opposes these propositions as part of this objectionable package. It is ironic that these initiatives, which did what many consider “the right thing” by providing a source of funding, now face reductions.
(Click here to go to the group's page devoted to budget issues, where their press release is posted.)

We thank the League of Women Voters of California for evaluating these special-election measures and sharing their opinion early in this brief election period. Before May 19, we have a lot of work to do to get the word out to all voters.

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