CA GP says Guv trying to intimidate voters to approve ‘rotten’ May 19 ballot props

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s announcement that he will lay off 5,000 state workers and cut money to the elderly, blind and disabled if voters do not approve the ballot measures in Tuesday’s special election are a “rotten deal” for Californians, the Green Party of California charged Friday.  The Green Party opposes passage of all the propositions Tuesday.

“The package is a rotten deal, and it gives voters no real choice. Now the governor is using Hollywood scare tactics to threaten voters, and leave them without jobs and
services,” added Wes Rolley, co-chair of the U.S. Green Party EcoAction Committee.

The Green Party insists there are many ways to cut through the budget gap, among them raising taxes on the very, very wealthy, and eliminating the huge tax breaks given owners of commercial property through Prop. 13.

“Democrats and Republicans are offering no fundamental fixes. There are billions of dollars in savings if we employ single payer universal healthcare, decriminalize pot and hemp, reform the prison industry and convert to green technologies. Until they are willing to do that, these ‘leaders’ cannot be taken seriously,” said Tom Bolema, a Sonoma County Council member.

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