Campaigns In Final Stretch As Special Election Nears

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 18, 2009

Voters will cast ballots on six propositions.  Most of them would provide additional revenues to the state as it tries to eliminate a multi-billion dollar deficit.

About 200 hundred teachers and students held a rally at the state capitol today urging voters to approve Propositions 1A and 1B.
Sonia Sigler is with a Charter School in the San Francisco Bay area. 

She says the school is struggling with a budget crunch of its own...

"If we don’t pass these propositions we’re going to have to come up with a lot of money not only in our state budget but also our school budgets because our budgets have  been cut so many times already this year that we’re having to come up with 100-thousand dollars in our own reserve money...”
Educators are divided over the propositions.  President of the California Federation of Teachers, Marty Hittleman (HIT-uhl-man) says voters should defeat 1A because it won’t help education right away...

"I think education is going to suffer and schools and colleges are going to suffer but I think Prop 1A for the next two fiscal years has no impact whatsoever on the budget...”
Hittleman says if voters reject all five budget related propositions... lawmakers should consider raising revenues through an oil tax or other means to overcome the state’s cash crisis.  Governor Schwarzenegger spent the day campaigning for the propositions in San Jose and the Los Angeles area.