San Francisco could be affected greatly by the recent passage of Prop 26 the measure requiring that a wide variety of fees now be treated as taxes.
Democrats retained control of both legislative chambers and won a major victory in this week’s elections when voters approved Proposition 25, lowering the threshold to pass a state budget from a two-thirds vote to a simple majority.
An initiative designed to make it easier for the Legislature to adopt a state budget has passed.
Would allowing legislators to enact a state budget without a two-thirds majority solve California’s budget problems? And should it be more difficult for lawmakers to impose new fees?
Outside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office hangs a clock of sorts. But instead of telling time, it shows how many days the state has been without a budget and calculates a running tab of how much that’s costing taxpayers.