The Budget Pivot

Press reports suggest that proponents of the six measures appearing on the May 19 special election ballot have narrowed their focus and will target spending for the remainder of the campaign on Propositions 1A and 1B. This is interesting, and perhaps surprising, since neither Proposition 1A nor 1B would have an immediate impact on the budget; while the dollars associated with Propositions 1C, 1D, and 1E were scored toward closure of the 2009-10 budget gap.

— Jean Ross