Among the “legally questionable maneuvers” the governor considered under the state budget was not only the elimination of redevelopment but also the taking of $1 billion from First 5 commissions. The First 5 programs are funded by Proposition 10, a 50 cents-a-pack cigarette tax voters approved in 1998. While lawsuits from various counties ultimately caused legislators to back away from the idea as a budget solution, the governor has been defending the proposal in court. If the law had been enacted, counties would have had to turn over millions of dollars to the state. Well, a judge has now ruled that taking millions in these local funds to patch up the state budget is illegal (do those arguments sound familiar?). The judge wrote, “To claim that transferring decision-making from local communities to the state legislature is 'consistent with' Prop 10 is like asking the court to find that black means white.” Perhaps in a small way the ruling bodes well for Prop 22 and the fate of the redevelopment lawsuit, as the state's hands have been slapped away from the cookie jar. The governor’s administration has not announced yet whether it will appeal the ruling.