Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2009 Contact: Aurelio Rojas 213-974-2222
RIDLEY-THOMAS STATEMENT ON VOTERS REJECTION
OF BALLOT MEASURES TO EASE STATE BUDGET
“Now that voters have rejected a slate of ballot measures designed to ease the
Certainly voters were not saying they wanted to dramatically scale back public services. What they rejected were a patchwork of measures cobbled together by the Legislature and the Governor as a compromise to keep state government operating during the most serious economic crisis in modern times.
The state’s proposed programmatic reductions and borrowing from local governments will result in a major strain on County resources. The borrowing of property taxes, one of the primary sources of countywide revenue, and the proposed reductions come at an extremely difficult time when the County is experiencing significant increases in demand for all of its core services. As we move through the budget process, I will fight to ensure that this crisis does not decimate public health care, social services, public safety, libraries, and parks.
It is my intent, starting today, to begin working on an effort to change the two-thirds vote requirement in the Legislature to pass the state budget that is the main cause of this turmoil.”
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