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April 17, 2009 | Eric Bailey
The newly enshrined coalition of seniors, teachers and college faculty opposing Proposition 1A on the May 19 special election ballot went public for the first time Thursday, holding a news conference at the foot of the state library building. Proposition 1A would extend the recent state tax hikes while instituting a spending cap and rainy-day fund. At the news conference, foes called the measure deceptive, convoluted and confusing. They urged voters to "read it yourself." "We think it's a disaster," said Gary Passmore of the Congress of California Seniors.
April 16, 2009 | GEORGE SKELTON
A crazy myth has been spreading about the core measure on the May 19 state ballot, Proposition 1A. The myth is that Prop. 1A is a sneaky trick to raise taxes. Truth is, it's a measure to create a spending cap and rainy day reserve -- to slow the growth of state government. That's why many liberal groups oppose it. Republican negotiators fought for the spending control in the Legislature. Democrats demanded a permanent tax increase in trade.
April 12, 2009 | Tom Campbell, Tom Campbell is a former congressman and former state finance director. He is now a visiting professor of law and economics at Chapman University. He has formed an exploratory committee for the Republican nomination for governor.
It took the greatest drop in state revenues since the Great Depression to crack it open, but California's dysfunctional budget process has finally been laid bare. Now the question is, how can we fix it permanently? That consideration should frame the way voters analyze the initiatives being offered on the May ballot. Time and again, California has committed to spending hikes during good times that it can't afford when bad times come. This cycle needs to be broken.
April 2, 2009 | GEORGE SKELTON
Up close, the state Senate's new minority leader is soft-spoken and seems perhaps shy. But he definitely is not shy. And through his soft voice, he is an outspoken advocate for a conservative ideology. Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, 42, of Murrieta is a hard-right Republican who gives every indication of being a legislative leader who won't budge on taxes. Not now, not ever. He could be Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's worst nightmare, not to mention the Democrats'.
February 25, 2009 | Jordan Rau
The last time Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked California's voters to permanently cap state spending, organized labor dumped millions of dollars into a successful campaign to defeat his proposals. Four years later, Schwarzenegger and other proponents are hoping the unions will sit out the May 19 special election in which the governor is again asking voters to enact a spending cap.
November 11, 2008
Re "Gov. pushes hike in sales tax, big cuts," Nov. 7 Now, let's see if I understand this correctly: On Tuesday, Nov. 4, we approved additional sales taxes for Los Angeles County with Proposition R, a 0.5-cent tax on the dollar, plus Proposition 1A for a bullet train for California. Then on Friday, Nov. 7, The Times reported that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking for a sales-tax increase -- 1.5 cents on the dollar -- to fund the state coffers. Also in Friday's Times, there is a report that the Department of Water and Power wants to increase our bills so they can install solar panels.
November 5, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Bailey is a Times staff writer.
Californians adopted groundbreaking changes Tuesday in the treatment of farm animals and appeared poised to make a historic shift in the way legislative districts are drawn but were rejecting renewable energy and big-ticket criminal justice propositions. The initiatives were among 11 sharing the ballot with the proposed same-sex marriage ban, on which the vote was too close to call.
November 2, 2008 | DAVID LAZARUS
How livable do you want both Los Angeles and California to be in the years ahead? On Tuesday, you can have your say. Two ballot items -- Measure R and Proposition 1A -- will, if approved, redefine transportation in L.A. and throughout the state, giving us viable alternatives to our cars and helping wean us from our oil jones. But it won't be cheap. It'll almost certainly cost many billions of dollars more than the roughly $50 billion foreseen by the two initiatives.
November 1, 2008
The Times has endorsed in Tuesday's election, as it does with each election, not for the purpose of telling voters to just trust us instead of thinking for themselves, but for the opposite reason -- to research the issues and think through each of the decisions the same way voters do (when they have the time and resources) and to offer our reasoning along with our conclusions. Over the last three months, we have rolled out our recommendations on most of the major ballot questions. Here's a recap of our analysis: On bonds, it is useful to imagine the ballot as a trip to the supermarket with a shopping list and a credit card.
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