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Fix CA budgeting, initiative and election processes

Spending mandates - voter approved mandates, such as Proposition 98 minimum funding for Education, limits the Legislature's ability to balance the budget in lean years, especially since education is half the budget now that local communities can't fund it with property taxes. While well-intentioned, these need to be ended. In particular, we should revise Proposition 98 so that increases above the minimum don't count for a new minimum.

2/3 budget vote - Done! California, unusual among governments, used to require a 2/3 vote in the Legislature to pass a budget, leading to yearly budget standoffs. This was changed to a majority vote by proposition 25 approved in 2010.

Revise Proposition 98 (guarantees minimum funding for education based on last years spending) so that increases above the minimum don't count for a new minimum.

Revise redistricting Done!

Raise the bar for initiatives by requiring at least a 55% vote, and 60% for constitutional amendments. Initiatives to amend the Calif. constitution currently only require a majority vote. [See Cal. Const. Art. II, sec. 10(a)].

 

 

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