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Late push for governor's ballot props

May 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
On the eve of the election, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-California) tried to drum up support for six measures on the special election ballot to be held on May 19.Governor Schwarzenegger will be in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 19, when the votes are counted. However, on Monday, he held a town hall meeting in Industry to explain what will happen if the ballot propositions fail.

"Tomorrow we are [at] the crossroads. Do we want to keep tumbling down that road ... that path ... toward ... financial disaster? Or do we want to go pick ourselves up?" asked Governor Schwarzenegger, who has already voted.

Schwarzenegger says the global recession has hit the state with a $15.4 billion shortfall. If three of the measures on Tuesday's ballot fail, there will be an additional $6 billion deficit.

An exclusive Eyewitness News poll, conducted by Survey USA, shows the following:
Prop 1A (Rainy Day Fund)
Yes: 32 percent
No: 57 percent

Prop 1B (Education Payment Plan)
Yes: 37 percent
No: 54 percent

Prop 1D (Children Services Funding)
Yes: 35 percent
No: 54 percent

Prop 1E (Mental Health Funding)
Yes: 33 percent
No: 55 percent

Prop C (Lottery Modernization)
Yes: 29 percent
No: 56 percent

"Needless to say it's a very confusing kind of election because there are a lot of initiatives on the ballot a lot of people don't understand," said Schwarzenegger.

Layoff notices are already going to state employees and more could follow if the ballot measures fail; thousands of undocumented immigrant inmates could be released; and more education funding would be cut, and the school year could be shortened.

The Eyewitness News Poll follows similar bad news from other statewide polls regarding five of the six propositions.

"The message is that the people don't want to have any tax increases. And they say they want to solve all those problems in Sacramento and, 'Don't come to us with additional headaches,'" said Schwarzenegger.

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