Like many Californians, we are deeply dissatisfied with the Legislature's mismanagement of this state's finances. Years of dysfunction, discord and partisan polarization have led to perpetual deficits that have been an embarrassment to the state and an impediment to economic growth for most of this decade.
Members of the Legislature have demonstrated that they cannot restrain themselves when economic times are good, and they cannot manage the fallout when times are bad. That's why we are supporting Proposition 1A.
Once the state digs itself out of this mess – and someday it will – the long-term spending reform in this measure will help prevent California from descending into such an abyss again.
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The Bee does a good job diagnosing the problem -- politicians who aren't serious about solving the state's budget deficit -- but the Bee's solution doesn't address the problem. A YES vote takes the heat off the big-spending politicians. A NO vote will send a shock wave across the state capitol and force politicians to get serious or (hopefully) leave office by defeat at election time.
It's not my job to accommodate the politicians who created the mess.
I agree with the editorial in this paper recommending a NO vote on all propositions.