The State of California has provided the rest of the country with plenty of lessons of what not to do, but yesterday voters made a wise decision:
Californians aren’t interested in financing political campaigns with taxpayer money, even on an experimental basis.
Proposition 15, defeated Tuesday, would have set up a voluntary pilot program for candidates running for secretary of state.
In doing so, the measure would have repealed a 26-year-old ban on public funding of political campaigns in California.
Little doubt the historic budget crisis facing California weighed on voters’ minds as they were rightly skeptical of extending tax dollars to subsidize campaign consultants and political advertising agencies at a time when some are questioning whether the state may go bankrupt.