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February 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
As next week's election approaches, supporters of Proposition 56 are seeking to stop distribution of mailers they call deceptive. The mailers, published by Larry Levine and Associates, urge voters to cast ballots for other propositions but not 56. The measure would make it easier for the Legislature to approve a budget and new taxes. Proposition 56 supporters say the mailers do not disclose that Levine received payments from opponents of the initiative, and want a court order to stop it.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2004 | George Skelton
California is a backwater in the presidential primaries. And the Republican Senate race seems a runaway. So the hottest items on Tuesday's statewide ballot are three proposition questions. I say three because two ballot propositions -- 57 and 58 -- are really one question: Do we trust Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his budget borrowing-and-balancing scheme? Or tell him to look at other options? Another question is whether to make it easier for the Legislature to pass budgets and tax increases.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2004 | George Skelton
California is a backwater in the presidential primaries. And the Republican Senate race seems a runaway. So the hottest items on Tuesday's statewide ballot are three proposition questions. I say three because two ballot propositions -- 57 and 58 -- are really one question: Do we trust Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his budget borrowing-and-balancing scheme? Or tell him to look at other options? Another question is whether to make it easier for the Legislature to pass budgets and tax increases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2004 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Proposition 56 is pitched by supporters as an antidote to years of state budget gridlock that has wreaked havoc on the finances of local governments, schools and social service programs caught in the cross-fire. But, opponents say, making it easier for lawmakers to reach consensus on a spending plan means making it easier for them to raise taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2004
The political committee Californians Against Higher Taxes has begun a television advertising campaign opposing Proposition 56. That March 2 ballot measure, called the Budget Accountability Act, would make it easier for the Legislature to pass the state budget and other financial measures by lowering the threshold of votes needed from two-thirds of both houses to a 55% majority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2004 | George Skelton
OK, the most important item for Californians on the March 2 ballot is: Not Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $15-billion Sacramento bailout bond, Prop. 57. Nor his budget-balancing requirement, Prop. 58. They're only the most ballyhooed and the most important to Schwarzenegger politically. If that bond fails, there's a smaller backup available with a shorter payback at less interest. Not the $12.3-billion school bond. That could be resubmitted to voters in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2004 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Proposition 56 is pitched by supporters as an antidote to years of state budget gridlock that has wreaked havoc on the finances of local governments, schools and social service programs caught in the cross-fire. But, opponents say, making it easier for lawmakers to reach consensus on a spending plan means making it easier for them to raise taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2004 | Joe Mathews and Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers
To overcome weak public support for his $15-billion bond measure on the March ballot, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning a bipartisan campaign to unify Californians of all backgrounds and ideologies around one emotion: fear. Schwarzenegger and a coalition of Democrats and Republicans will spend the six weeks between now and the March 2 election warning that passage of his bond measure is all that stands between the state and economic disaster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2004 | Evan Halper and Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writers
At a Fresno town hall discussion of the $15-billion state deficit-reduction bond that will appear on the March ballot, Controller Steve Westly announced that he and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stood together in supporting "the budget accountability initiative." Whoops. The controller didn't mean to say that. The Budget Accountability Act is a different ballot measure that would make it easier for lawmakers to raise taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
As next week's election approaches, supporters of Proposition 56 are seeking to stop distribution of mailers they call deceptive. The mailers, published by Larry Levine and Associates, urge voters to cast ballots for other propositions but not 56. The measure would make it easier for the Legislature to approve a budget and new taxes. Proposition 56 supporters say the mailers do not disclose that Levine received payments from opponents of the initiative, and want a court order to stop it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2004 | George Skelton
OK, the most important item for Californians on the March 2 ballot is: Not Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $15-billion Sacramento bailout bond, Prop. 57. Nor his budget-balancing requirement, Prop. 58. They're only the most ballyhooed and the most important to Schwarzenegger politically. If that bond fails, there's a smaller backup available with a shorter payback at less interest. Not the $12.3-billion school bond. That could be resubmitted to voters in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2004
The political committee Californians Against Higher Taxes has begun a television advertising campaign opposing Proposition 56. That March 2 ballot measure, called the Budget Accountability Act, would make it easier for the Legislature to pass the state budget and other financial measures by lowering the threshold of votes needed from two-thirds of both houses to a 55% majority.
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