Special Election Recap

May 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some of the few voters that came out, like Mike Blathers of Fresno, did so out of a sense of civic duty. "Every election is important. So I think we need to do our share as American citizens." Others, like Sterling Johnson came out to send a message to the Governor and the state legislature. "We have to live within our budget, why can't the politicians do the same thing."

By rejecting the propositions that would have reduced the state's budget deficit by 6 billion dollars voters did send a message, but Julie Soderlund, of the Yes on Prop 1A group supporters of Prop 1A, say the people of California will feel the impact.

"It has serious consequences for everything that depends on funds from the state budget, education, roads, health care."

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin says she expects the state to take from $4 to $10 million dollars of city funds, but she said with already proposed cuts in the Police Department and other contingencies the city will weather the storm, for now. "I suppose if there's any hope that I hold out it's that perhaps this really is the bottom and now we can start talking about real solutions for the future because we can't stay in this kind of an environment for much longer."

But political analyst Don Larson said with a $21-billion dollar budget deficit, the legislature and the governor and both political parties will have to now come together with real solutions. "Tax increases will be necessary, but cuts are going to have to happen but it's going to take awhile. And we need to sell that to the people of this state."

Larson hopes the Governor and the Legislature and both political parties will come together now to craft a workable budget, but said if the partisanship continues, state government could collapse.

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