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.

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