With two State Senators taking leaves of absence, California Democrats have had to bid farewell to their prized supermajority in Sacramento. But what does that mean? Probably just business as usual.
State Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) has resigned to join Chevron, leaving the push for environmental reforms in the lurch.
A Democratic state senator from the Central Valley has resigned unexpectedly, dropping Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes.
It’s long been the talk of Sacramento – and beyond – but now it appears the State of California may be closer than ever before to adjusting the percentage of support needed to approve sales tax measures on California ballots, from two-thirds of the vote to just 55%.
With supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature, Democrats have a historic opportunity to push their agenda on issues such as tax reform, workers’ rights and changing the initiative process.
Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California’s majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.
The possibility that a supermajority of Democrats will control both houses of the California Legislature does not guarantee an end to the gridlock in Sacramento.
Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday’s election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.
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?