No Party for California Ballot Measures

Californians will vote on six ballot measures in May that many of the state's leaders say are essential to putting the state back on ...
by | April 27, 2009

Californians will vote on six ballot measures in May that many of the state's leaders say are essential to putting the state back on sound fiscal footing. The measures, which include tax increases and a cap on state spending, were the product of a painstaking, painful compromise between Democrats (who didn't want to cap spending) and Republicans (who didn't want to raise taxes).

Now, if California can only unite behind these measures, the state may be able to avoid draconian budget cuts and propel itself out of its fiscal crisis.

There are only a couple of problems. The state Republican Party is opposing the ballot measures and the state Democratic Party refused to endorse three of them either.

The response from the political parties has solidified the conventional wisdom that the ballot measures are in big trouble. The conventional wisdom is probably right. But, there's at least a small chance that California voters will see opposition from Republicans and Democrats as the best possible endorsement these ballot measures could receive.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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