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California Special Election: Prop. 1A explained

May 9, 2009 | 10:06 am

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The state special election on May 19 will ask voters to decide on five propositions aimed at shoring up California's finances and one proposition to freeze state salaries during years with deficits. We asked staff writer Evan Halper to concisely explain each measure.

What Proposition 1A would do: This measure would limit the growth of government spending.

Quick take: The proposition would require lawmakers and the governor to increase the state's rainy-day reserves during boom times to 12.5% of the general fund (the current amount is 5%). New restrictions on tapping the reserves would be imposed to keep money on hand for emergencies, such as natural disasters, or for years when revenue is down. The measure would let the governor cut up to 7% from many types of state operations and cost-of-living adjustments. The measure also would trigger an extension of billions of dollars in recent increases in sales, income and vehicle taxes for up to two additional years.

-- Evan Halper

Full text: Proposition 1A

Recent coverage: Election Central

Links: May 19 Voter Guide | Find your polling place  | How the props are expected to do | Times endorsements

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