Prop 31 - Fail  39.2%/60.8%


Proposition 31: State Budget Reforms                       

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CV's Easy-to-use Ballot Measure Summary

Proposition 31 would move California from a one-year budget cycle to a two-year budget cycle, meaning budget debates would only happen every other year, instead of annually as is the case today. Prop 31 would also prohibit the Legislature from spending more than $25 million on new programs unless an equal source of revenue or spending cuts are identified first, and would require performance reviews of all state programs.

Supporters of Proposition 31 call the measure the Government Performance and Accountability Act and say it will bring both accountability and transparency to California government. Supporters say California’s biggest problems (low performing schools, chronic budget deficits, and a stagnant economy) are the result of a political process in the state budget that rewards waste and fails to hold elected officials accountable. Without Proposition 31, supporters say, hundreds of millions of dollars will continue to be wasted every year that could be better used for schools, law enforcement and other community priorities.

Supporters of Proposition 31 include Taxpayers for Government Accountability, Retired California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, and former California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

Opponents of Proposition 31 criticize it as a poorly written measure that will lead to lawsuits and confusion instead of reform. In their words, Prop. 31 puts key decisions – such as whether to allow tax cuts – in the hands of unelected bureaucrats, shifts $200 million from education and other vital programs to “experimental” local government programs, and will prevent the state from increasing funding for education unless it raises taxes or cuts other programs. Opponents also criticize a provision that allows local governments to alter how laws governing state-funded programs apply to them, saying the provision undermines protections for public health and the environment.

Opponents of Proposition 31 include the California League of Conservation Voters, California Federation of Teachers, and the Peace Officers Research Association of California.

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Easy-to-use Citizen Voice Prop 31 Ballot Measure Summary (.pdf)

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