Friday, July 9, 2010
Almost 2/3 Favor Abolishing 2/3 on State Budget
A proposition (Prop 25) on the November 2010 ballot will allow voters to choose whether to abolish the 2/3 vote requirement to pass a state budget in both houses of the legislature. Almost 2/3 of voters support a simple majority vote on the budget according to the latest Field Poll. You can examine the results (including data on voter attitudes towards other items on the ballot) at:
If you really want to look at the details, go to:
Voters from both parties support abolishing the 2/3 rule on budgets, although support is stronger among Democrats.
The 2/3 requirement on budgets goes back to the Great Depression. Note that there would remain a 2/3 vote requirement on raising taxes. The tax requirement was part of Prop 13 of 1978.