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Voters to decide on controversial state budget changes

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Depending on whom you ask, Proposition 31 represents everything that’s right or everything that’s wrong with the California initiative system.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said it’s another example of a process that has ‘run amok,’ hampering lawmakers with unnecessary restraints.

But California Forward, the nonpartisan group pushing the measure, said the measure includes reforms that would never have a chance without a popular vote.

‘The system is not going to fix itself,’ said Jim Mayer, the group’s executive director.

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Proposition 31 would, among other things, create restrictions on raising spending or making tax cuts, shift the state to a two-year budget cycle and require all bills to be in print for three days before a vote. The full story ran in Friday’s Los Angeles Times.

Some of Sacramento’s top politicians have opposed it.

“I hope the voters take a critical look at this, and I hope they reject it, because I don’t think it’s workable reform that improves the governance of the state,’ said Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles).

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-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento
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“I don’t think it’s in the best interests of the state to have different standards when it comes to environmental quality.”


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