As a reminder, here’s how I’ve decided to vote on the six Propositions on the ballot for today’s Special Election:
- 1A (Cuts spending and establishes a Rainy Day fund): NO – this is no way to make good public policy (update: if you don’t believe me, believe Sweet Melissa, she knows!);
- 1B (Repays school districts later for budget cuts now): YES – 1B does not take effect without 1A, so this is a protest vote that will have no practical effect but feels good;
- 1C (Restructures the state lottery): NO – I am OK with borrowing against future lottery revenues but don’t like that the proceeds go in the general fund instead of funding education;
- 1D (Cuts in services for children age 5 and younger): NO;
- 1E (Cuts in mental health services funding): NO;
- 1F (Prevents pay increases for legislators): NO – this is a basically meaningless measure (CFT calls it “faux populist”) that is just there to make people feel good by sticking it to the Legislature, but hey–support it if it makes you feel better.