- Seventy-three percent (73%) of California voters oppose raising state income taxes to eliminate the budget deficit. And raising the state sales tax is opposed by 69%.
- 69% favor major cuts in government spending to eliminate the budget deficit. Only 16% oppose the spending cuts.
- Ninety percent (90%) of voters say legislators should not get a pay raise if they fail to pass a balanced budget. Just five percent (5%) disagree.
- Seventy percent (70%) believe that if the legislators can’t balance the budget, they should take a significant pay cut.
- 84% of California voters say the bigger problem for the state is the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending. Only eight percent (8%) put more blame on voters’ unwillingness to pay enough in taxes.
- Fifty-two percent (52%) also say the state’s elected officials are most to blame for California’s budget problems.
What to do about the politicians not doing their job? I don't think the current crop of politicians in California, whose campaign chests are filled by SEIU and other public employee unions, will listen to the voters.
I only see 3 ways to get rid of the big spending politicians: (1) send a message May 19th (NO on every single measure on the California ballot); (2) raise up a crop of challengers with the guts to cut spending; and, (3) vote out the big spenders at election time.
By the way, the Bee recommends a YES vote on 5 of the 6 proposals.