May 19 will be an important day for the city and the state, but many voters aren’t paying attention. As the S.F. Chronicle recounts today, it was five years ago that Governor Schwarzennegger persuaded voters a spending cap would solve the problem of California’s debt crisis. Voters responded by enthusiastically endorsing the idea, but the last five years have not put an end to California’s debt crisis. Our debt is bigger than it has ever been and on May 19 voters will be asked to approve another attempt to rein in spending. Props 1A through 1F are designed to shift money around in various state accounts and to cap government spending.The ballot measures are difficult to understand and many voters appear to be shrugging them off as too much trouble to bother with. Once again special interests will determine our future unless more voters decide to take the plunge and find out more about the ballot measures. The Chronicle has been covering them in considerable depth, and the California State League of Women’s Voters has written up the ballot measures in language that is easy to understand. Take a look and make up your own mind. Let’s not let our futures be taken over because we’re too busy to make our voices heard.
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