Proposition 53: Ballot Box Budgeting?

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Most voters know about the recall and replacement elections, and more and more are becoming familiar with Proposition 54, which would prohibit the state from collecting data on race. Yet there's a second, lower-profile proposition on the October 7 ballot. Thirty years ago, California spent 15 to 20 percent of its revenue every year on long-term investments such as hospitals, roads, bridges, water projects and other infrastructure. Now it spends only one or two percent. Proposition 53 would increase spending to 3 percent without raising taxes to achieve it purpose. While some anti-tax groups support it, others call it a -blank check- that will make the state-s budget problems worse than ever. We hear from Republican Assemblyman Keith Richman, who authored the ballot measure, and from Lenny Goldberg, campaign manager for the No on Prop 53 campaign.
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Legislative Analyst's assessment of Prop 53

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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton