Voting may not sound as important as a good sexual relationship and it does impact all of our lives.

I’m probably going to sound preachy here and I’m sorry about that. My intention is to impower you to take your power and use it for yourself. One of the ways to do that is to vote.

There is an election in California on May 19. It is costing the State, you and me, huge sums of money. It should be unnecessary and it was demanded by some legislators as a condition for supporting these measures. A low voter turnout is expected and that is not good. Voting is a very small price to pay for living in a democracy, and the results of which, if these propositions pass or fail, , will impact us all. I can’t urge you strongly enough to take the time to become familiar with these propositions and to vote. I’m making it very easy for you by posting here information and recommendations from several groups.

2009 MAY ELECTION BALLOT RECOMMENDATIONS

PROP 1A: Spending cap Limits amount of money government can spend each year. Will probably cause large budget deficits starting in 2011. Risks ability to restore current budget cuts and may force major cuts to schools and health care services in future budget years.
OPPOSING: Calitics, CA Federation of Teachers, CA Nurses Association, CREDO, League of Women Voters, SEIU CA
SUPPORTING: CA League of Conservation Voters, CA Teachers Assn Print this sheet and take it with you to the polls.

PROP 1B: Education funds Would provide a one-time payment of $9.3 billion to schools, spread out over several years beginning in 2011. Requires passage of Prop 1A to be funded.
OPPOSING: Calitics, CA Nurses Association, CREDO Mobile
SUPPORTING: CA Democratic Party, CA Federation of Teachers, CA League of Conservation Voters, CA Teachers Association, SEIU CA

PROP 1C: Lottery borrowing Allows governor to sell unlimited amount of bonds, and obligates the state to pay the bondholders with lottery funds or general fund if lottery sales fail to grow to pay back bonds, regardless of our budget situation. May not raise the expected $5 billion.
OPPOSING: Calitics, CA Federation of Teachers, CA Nurses Association, CREDO Mobile, League of Women Voters
SUPPORTING: CA Democratic Party, CA League of Conservation Voters, CA Teachers Association, SEIU

PROP 1D: Divert funds from First Five In 1998 California voters approved Proposition 10, creating the First Five program that helps children under age 5 get health care, education, and other vital services. This proposition would raid that funding and divert it to the general fund.
OPPOSING: Calitics, CA Federation of Teachers, CA Nurses Association, CREDO, League of Women Voters, SEIU CA
SUPPORTING: CA League of Conservation Voters, CA Teachers Association

PROP 1E: Divert funds from mental health In 2004 California voters approved Proposition 63, taxing incomes over $1 million to fund mental health services that otherwise had no funding. This proposition would raid that funding and divert it to the general fund.
OPPOSING: Calitics, CA Federation of Teachers, CA Nurses Association, CREDO Mobile, League of Women Voters, SEIU CA
SUPPORTING: CA League of Conservation Voters, CA Teachers Association

PROP 1F: Blame legislators Republican State Senator Abel Maldonado demanded this be placed on the ballot as his price for voting to approve the budget. It would prevent legislators from getting a pay raise in deficit years. This saves hardly any money and diverts attention from the real reasons our state budget is flawed.
OPPOSING: Calitics, CA Federation of Teachers, CA Nurses Association, CREDO Mobile
SUPPORTING: CA Democratic Party, CA League of Conservation Voters, CA Teachers Association

Thanks for reading this, and, remember to vote on May 19th. I’m very interested in your response to this and how you felt when you voted.

With warm regards,
Zora

P. S. If you want to see who these organizations are, please go to the following website:
http://www.couragecampaign.org/May2009voterguide

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