Calif. Voters Torpedo Budget Crisis Measures
Defeat leaves Governator facing massive service cuts
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2009 6:00 AM CDT
Supporters of the No on Proposition 1A campaign check election results in Sacramento, Calif. Voters rejected the centerpiece of efforts by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to fix California's fiscal woes.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – Californian voters soundly rejected five ballot measures that would keep the hard-hit state economically solvent until the end of the year, on a turnout of little more than 10%. The vote against extended tax increases and capped spending is a sharp rebuke to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislators who put together the last-minute budget deal, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The vote leaves California facing a $21.3 billion budget deficit, which will force the government to make substantial cuts in education, public safety, and health services. All of the revenue-raising measures were defeated by about 60% of voters. The only proposition to pass was a measure to limit state officials' salaries—a sign of the exasperation of Californians with their elected officials.