Statewide Propositions

Proposition 25: State Budget—Changes Requirement to Pass a State Budget From 2/3 of Legislators to a Simple Majority (50% plus one) - Pass

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Currently, California's Constitution requires that in order for a state budget to be passed, two-thirds of each house in the Legislature must vote to approve it. Proposition 25 would change that requirement to a simple majority vote, meaning only a vote of 50 percent plus one would be needed to pass the budget. State law also requires the budget to be passed by June 15 of each year. Under Proposition 25, if the budget is late, then state Legislators would lose their pay and expense reimbursements for every day the budget is delayed.

Supporters of Proposition 25 say it reforms California's badly broken budget process by breaking legislative gridlock and holding legislators accountable when they fail to do their jobs. Switching to a simple majority requirement, supporters say, would bring California in line with 47 other states that have similar provisions in their state constitutions. Supporters also emphasize that Proposition 25 will not change the current 2/3 requirement to raise taxes, and that the state needs this reform to end the yearly budget crisis that deprives taxpayers, schools and service programs of the funding they need to do their jobs. Under the current system, supporters say, a small group of legislators can hold the budget hostage until they can leverage more perks for themselves and more spending for pet projects.

Supporters of Proposition 25 include the California Federation of Teachers, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, the League of Women Voters of California, the Consumer Federation of California and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFL-CIO).

Opponents of Proposition 25 say it is nothing but a sneaky attempt to make it easier to raise taxes on Californians and eliminate voter rights. Requiring 2/3 of both the Assembly and the Senate in the Legislature to approve the budget, opponents say, is necessary to protect taxpayers from runaway spending which has created California's current economic woes. Claims that Prop 25 will not change the 2/3 vote requirement to raise taxes are false, opponents say, because in the budget the word taxes will simply be replaced with fees. Opponents also criticize the no pay until the budget is passed  provision of the measure, saying that it actually makes it easier for politicians to double or triple their extravagant tax free expense accounts within the state budget itself. According to opponents, politicians will simply make up for any lost pay by giving themselves higher expense account payments.

Opponents of Proposition 25 include the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the California Taxpayers Association, Citizens for California Reform, the National Taxpayers Union and the California Taxpayer Protection Committee.

More Info

Yes on Proposition 25: www.yesprop25.org
No on Proposition 25: www.no25yes26.com

Listen or download the audio version of the Prop 25 mini-debate 
Easy-to-use Citizen Voice Prop 25 Ballot Measure Summary (.pdf)

This is Citizen Voice's Easy-to-use summary of the proposition.
For the ballot pamphlet version go to www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov

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