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Voters Soundly Reject State Props


Aired 5/20/09

How did Tuesday's special election play out? We'll get post-election analysis about the propositions and what it means to the state and to San Diego.

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Above: Local editors discuss the states' budget woes and how it will affect San Diegans.

Maureen Cavanaugh: The polls were right - most Californians who voted in yesterday's special statewide election wanted nothing to do with almost all the propositions presented to them by the governor and state lawmakers. This, despite warnings of financial catastrophe for the state if the propositions failed.

But even before Tuesday's vote, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the budget shortfall had increased, and whether or not the propositions passed, legislators would still have to find up to $20 billion in new revenue or cuts to keep California afloat.


Gloria Penner, KPBS Political Correspondent and host of Editors Roundtable on KPBS.

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MattthewCScallon | May 21, 2009 at 11:43 a.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

And the propositions failed even though opponents spent next to nothing to defeat the measures.

Meanwhile, legalized bride money paid by everyone from prison guard unions to the Los Angeles Lakers paid for adds that sold nothing but snake oil.

If only that money went towards balancing the state budget instead, maybe we wouldn't have had to go through that little exercise in direct democracy.

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