Here is my take on the California propositions that will be voted on in March. 55 - NO While our schools are in need of repair, putting a bond issue on the ballot is a bad idea at this time. California's credit rating, which was one of the best a few short years ago, is now the worst in the nation, resulting in addition costs. 56 - NO While this proposition has plenty of things to like (i.e. legislators not getting paid for not passing the budget on time), it also has the poison pill in reducing the number of votes to pass a budget from two-thirds to 55%. Under the current legislature, this will mean that the Democrats won't need Republican votes to pass the budget. No wonder it is supported by the public employee unions. 57 - NO By consolidating the loans into one big bond measure, the legislators won't have to make the hard choices of cutting spending. When Davis was in office, the rate of spending increases was higher than the amount of revenue coming in. 58 - YES While not perfect, it is a step in the right direction to clean up the budget mess. I like the fact that the state has to establish a rainy day fund. My absentee ballot has been mailed in.