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  • Charles Rachlis
    ... Subject: CA CTA tops are biggest backers of Schwarzenegger s anti-labor ballot measures To: Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009, 8:41 AM CA  CTA tops are
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      Subject: CA CTA tops are biggest backers of Schwarzenegger's anti-labor ballot measures
      Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009, 8:41 AM

      CA  CTA tops are biggest backers of Schwarzenegger's anti-labor ballot measureshttp://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/11/BARL170KJQ.DTL&hw=teachers+are+top&sn=001&sc=1000
      Teachers are biggest backers of budget measuresJohn Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff WriterSaturday, April 11, 2009PRINTE-MAILSHARECOMMENTS (2)FONT | SIZE:
      The state's largest teachers union, which has been one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's most visible foes over the years, is the largest single financial backer of the Republican governor's budget-reform package on the May 19 special election ballot.MORE BAY AREA NEWSPastor's granddaughter arrested in Sandra Cantu slaying 04.11.09Holder's pot policy unclear on old state cases 04.10.09$250,000 reward in phone cable vandalism 04.10.09Newly released campaign finance reports for the election show that backers of the six budget-related measures are raking in far more cash than the opposition, and the gap is widening."We've got a lot of work ahead to educate voters about the importance of six complicated ballot measures, but we're confident we'll have the resources to do that job," said Julie Soderlund, a spokeswoman for Budget Reform Now, which is backing all six ballot measures.Much of the money is coming from the California Teachers Association. The
      group has put more than $5.3 million into the campaign, including a $2.2 million contribution Friday to the effort to pass Prop. 1B, which would guarantee $9.3 billion in new state funding to replace recent cuts to the education budget.The teachers put up more than $56 million in 2005 to defeat a different package of Schwarzenegger ballot measures, but this year they had little choice but to sign on to the governor's plan because the guaranteed funding takes effect only if Props. 1B and 1A, which puts a cap on government spending, both pass.More than $4.9 million has been raised for Prop. 1B, which has no organized opposition.As of April 4, the closing date for the campaign finance reports, Budget Reform Now had collected nearly $3.8 million and had $2.3 million left in the bank. Since that closing date, the governor's political action committee has given a further $525,000 to the campaign.The only direct contribution to Prop. 1C, which would allow
      California to modernize the state lottery and borrow $5 billion against future revenues to close next year's anticipated budget gap, is $250,000 from the GTech Corp., the Rhode Island company with the contract to provide the state with all the needed games and equipment for the lottery.The only measures facing any official opposition are Props. 1D and 1E, which take money from a pair of voter-approved taxes and temporarily move the cash into the general fund.Opponents of the measures, who combined forces this week, have raised a total of $175,000 for their campaign.E-mail John Wildermuth at jwildermuth@....

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