Prop 1A: Protection of Local Government Revenues
A deal between the Governor and the state legislature has put the proponents of a ballot initiative in an unusual position, dumping the measure they originally sought in favor of a substitute.
Friday, October 1, 2004
Chris MacKenzie with the League of California Cities explains Prop One-A will prevent the state from taking local governments’ tax revenues in the future—with a fiscal emergency declared by the Governor the only exception. Cut: ChrisM1 (:12) “After that, the property tax can only be borrowed by the state, rather than taken, twice in ten years and it has to be paid back.” In exchange the state will receive two more years’ assistance from local governments totaling two-point six billion dollars. Prop One-A has brought about an unusual twist-- its supporters originally gathered signatures for a similar measure that qualified for the ballot— Mackenzie says Proposition 65 came about from local government’s frustration with the state. Cut: ChrisM2 (:19) “We’d spent years trying to get the legislature to address this serious area where there was need for reform. So we finally took the bull by the horns and we gathered the signatures for Prop 65. We believed at the time that prop 65 was the only answer we could get behind.” Prop 65 is still on the ballot, but its former supporters have turned it into an orphan initiative— even writing ballot arguments against it, urging voters to support Prop One-A instead. There is no organized opposition to One-A, but it has its critics. State Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg says One-A locks in unfair funding practices. Cut: DS1 (:11) “Not only did we fail to take advantage of this window of opportunity, to give local government protection while fixing what we know is broken, we in fact closed the door.” Proposition One-A has a powerful ally—Governor Schwarzenegger has already campaigned for the measure and is expected to do more. SOC