Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shock: Voters say no to tax increases & extensions

Imagine that!

California voters kill budget measures

Only salary curbs survive in a rout of Schwarzenegger's slate of reforms

By Eric Bailey
May 20, 2009

Reporting from Sacramento -- The "big five" elected leaders -- Schwarzenegger and the legislative chieftains from both houses -- are slated to begin closed-door meetings today upon the governor's return from Washington, where he spent election day after casting a last-minute absentee ballot.


Geez if I didn't know better I'd say that the NY Times was upset that the measure all went down in flames;
Calif. Voters Reject Measures to Keep State Solvent

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
Published: May 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES — A smattering of California voters on Tuesday soundly rejected five ballot measures designed to keep the state solvent through the rest of the year.

The results dealt a severe setback to the state’s fragile fiscal structure and to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state legislators who cobbled together the measures as part of a last-minute budget deal passed in February.

The headline could have said "Californian Voters Reject Tax Increases and Extentions" but that would be, like, fair and balanced...

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