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    Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n Speaks, Says:

  • No on Prop 55 School Bond
  • No On Prop 56 (Calls It Threat To Prop 13; Lets State Lawmakers Approve Budgets Incl. Tax Increases With Less Than 2/3 Approval of Legislature)
  • Yes On Props 57 & 58 (Paired Schwarzenegger-Legislature Deficit Financing Bond & Balanced Budget Measure)

    (January 26, 2004, updated Jan. 28) -- The Howard Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) has announced it is supporting Propositions 57 and 58 -- the Schwarzenegger-Legislature consensus deficit financing bond and paired balanced budget measure -- while blasting Prop 56 whose purpose the group charges is to "destroy Proposition 13's mandate of a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve new taxes." HJTA is also rejection of Prop 55, a $12.3 billion state school bond in March 2004.

    Regarding the school bond, HJTA says "Voters just approved a $13.05 billion state school bond in November of 2002, just a little more than a year ago. HJTA believes that in these times of economic uncertainty, it would be foolish to add to the public debt."

    It reserved its harshest criticism for Prop 56:

    "Defeating this measure is a must for taxpayers. Approval of Prop. 56 would open the flood gates to billions of dollars in higher state taxes. Promoters of this abysmal proposition will spend millions of dollars talking about accountability but the real purpose of Prop. 56 is to destroy Proposition 13's mandate of a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve new taxes. Over 100 tax increase measures totaling nearly $65 billion were introduced in the Legislature last year. If Prop. 56 had been law, virtually all would have passed. VOTE NO ON PROP. 56 AND URGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO VOTE NO!"

    Regarding Props 57 and 57 -- the Schwarzenegger-Legislature consensus deficit financing bond and and paired spending limit -- HJTA recommended "yes" votes.

    "Proposition 57 is not new debt. It is a consolidation refinancing of existing Gray Davis debt. In fact, Gray Davis and a majority in the Legislature tried to force massive debt on Californians without voter approval. Governor Schwarzenegger is asking for your help on a "work out" of California's budget crisis WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. Passing Prop. 57 WILL NOT RAISE TAXES, but it will allow us to put the Gray Davis era behind us. So on Proposition 57, HJTA recommends a "yes" vote. This measure is tied to Prop. 58...

    Proposition 58 mandates a balanced budget -- NO MORE BORROWING. It does not take affect unless Prop. 57 above also passes."

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