During my recent state travels — both north and south — many people have said they’re going to vote against the six measures that would “balance” the state budget.
I use the word “balance” loosely, because the budget borrows billions of dollars from the future, including lottery proceeds. It’s a farce.
Voters don’t trust the politicians, they worry the initiatives will take money away from the poor and disadvantaged, and they don’t care if the governor suffers a political blow.
The Terminator’s credibility is abysmal in a solidly Democratic state. Many people would rather see a Democrat in the governor’s office in the next election anyway.
The skepticism about the propositions is not limited to liberals or moderates: Tax extensions in Proposition 1A have angered conservatives.
A low voter turnout also is expected, casting a further doubt over passage of the propositions.
What if voters reject the May 19 ballot measures? The Terminator and lawmakers will have to return to the drawing board and find a way to close the budget gap.
I suspect they’ll do so with more urgency than before, probably before the end of May.
Their own political hides will be at risk like never before. I doubt many of them would be good candidates for any job retraining, and they know it.