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Monday, May 4, 2009

New Prop1A Commercial Misleads

From KQED.org:

With no fanfare, the main campaign in support of the six budget measures on the May 19 ballot has pivoted to a media blitz focused on just two measures... the two with the most state budget money riding on them, and the two that are most valuable to the campaign's biggest donors. [...]

"Without Props 1A and 1B," says [Firefighter] Judd (with just the perfect amount of soot dabbed on his forehead), "we have $16 billion in new [state budget] cuts coming."

That's a reasonable claim about Prop 1A, which extends a package of tax increases agreed to by the Legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger. But it's a misleading claim about Prop 1B; on the contrary, that measure would ostensibly spend some of the tax revenues brought in by passage of Prop 1A.

As we've reported, Prop 1B is a $9 billion payment to public schools on top of what they're already expecting over the next few years. So how does passage of Prop 1B help avoid budget cuts? [...]

Most observers would guess that the pivot is, in part, a realization that polling shows almost all of the measures on the ropes...

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