California voters were in no mood to accommodate Sacramento on Tuesday. Voters around the state and right here in the Eastern Sierra turned down every proposition the legislature wanted. A clear message to Sacramento. The only measure that gained universal support was 1F, the measure to limit the pay of legislators in deficit years.
Measures 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E all failed by roughly 66%. 1A, the Rainy Day fund measure was designed to raise taxes and squirrel away money for bad years. Voters weren’t buying that rationale.
Other measures would have taken funds away from services or possibly give education some funding.
Over two thirds of Inyo County voters rejected propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, and 1E. Prop. 1F, that limits pay raises for the state legislature was more popular, 69% of Inyo voters approved. Overall Inyo voter turnout checked in at 48%.
In Mono County, the numbers were very close to Inyo, with roughly two thirds of the voters rejecting the first five propositions. 1F, the pay limit checked did pass in Mono County, at 77%
Locally, school officials had said that without these measures, their financial future would look grim. Local hospital officials said the same. Other news reports indicated that the Governor would try to cut fire protection services and would release state prisoners to go back to county jails. The fall-out from Tuesday’s failures has not yet hit.