Concerning State Proposition 1A
Perhaps it seems a given that this site would wholeheartedly endorse a measure calling for massive improvements to regional, commuter, and public rail programs. But on the ballot in California next week is Proposition 1A, and it’s got this blogger tied up in all sorts of knots.
I should say from the outset that I am a huge supporter of the following:
- Public transit (duh)
- High-speed rail
- Deficit spending to boost a lagging economy
- Strong environmental protections
That said, the state is bound by law to balance its budget every year. We’re already seeing talk of steep ($4.8 billion) cuts to education with the shortfall of revenue this year. That could get even worse. Introducing new bond payment at this time just doesn’t strike me as smart. In an ideal world, the state would be able to deficit-spend, and I wouldn’t blink in supporting 1A.
All this, and I’m still torn, five days before Election Day. Yikes!
So, I thought I’d call for an open discussion to get some feedback from all sides of the issue. Please have at it, and try to back up things you offer with links.
– Jeff really, really wants to support Prop. 1A, but just thinks now might not be the time.