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Ballot Measure Votes Signal Discontent with Sacramento

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explains the dire economic scenario
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explains the dire economic scenario

Voters approved two statewide ballot measures Tuesday expressing that they'd had enough of the budget mess in Sacramento.

Proposition 25, which reduces the threshold necessary to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority, was passing with 55 percent of the vote shortly after midnight, with half of precincts reporting. And Proposition 22, which prohibits state lawmakers from taking money from local redevelopment agencies, was winning with 61.9 percent.

Both measures were responses to budgetary woes that have dominated headlines in recent years. In 2010, when the state budget was finally passed, it was months overdue — the latest budget in the state's history. The debacle capped a multi-year string of painful budget processes. In 2009, the state took billions from local governments to help fill a deficit — leaving cities hopping mad.

Proposition 20 was also ahead late Tuesday night, with 62.2 percent of the vote. The measure takes the power to draw Congressional districts away from politicians and gives it to a citizens panel. (A measure that would have eliminated that panel, Proposition 27, was losing, with 59.5 percent voting no.)

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