This is what pisses me off about California. They would rather lay off teachers and raise your taxes then cut welfare and stupid hand outs. Fuck California.
California voters on Tuesday rejected the slate of budget propositions presented by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers, tossing aside warnings of impending financial doom.
The overwhelming defeat of the special election package will worsen an already dire fiscal crisis in the nation’s most populous state. Earlier this year, the governor and lawmakers cut spending by $15 billion and raised sales, income and vehicle taxes by more than $12 billion, but those moves proved insufficient against the rapid decline in the state’s economy.
Plunging tax revenue caused the deficit to re-emerge. It is now projected to hit $21.3 billion in the fiscal year that begins in July, nearly a quarter of the governor’s proposed general fund spending.
Last week, the governor said he will consider shortening the school year by seven days, laying off up to 5,000 state employees and taking money from local governments, which likely would translate into cuts for police and firefighting services.
Tens of thousands of teachers also face the prospect of layoffs.
The ballot slate included a mix of reforms, higher taxes, borrowing and funding shifts. Voters approved one of the six propositions, a measure prohibiting pay raises for lawmakers and other state elected officials during deficit years.