Voters approve Prop. 22, protecting local government revenues
Sacramento's budget battles have often devolved into fights over who should control the money that comes into state coffers. For years, local governments have charged that the state has "stolen" money intended to fund local governments. In 2006, voters approved Prop. 1A, which protects local government revenues and limits the number of times the state can borrow from certain funds intended for transportation and other local government programs.
This year, a coalition of cities and public transit groups sought to tighten that deal, effectively eliminating the state's ability to balance its books on the backs of local governments through Prop. 22. Voters Tuesday approved that measure, according to preliminary results, further tying the hands of state budget makers in Sacramento.
-- Anthony York
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