SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) – An initiative designed to make it easier for the Legislature to adopt a state budget has passed.

Proposition 25 lowers the vote threshold for passing a state budget
from two-thirds to a simple majority.

The effort was aimed at avoiding legislative gridlock that has resulted in long budget impasses, although detractors, mostly business interests, had said the initiative would give too much power to the majority party.

“No longer will a few legislators hold up the entire budget process until special favors are finally granted in exchange for their votes,” said Marty Hittelman, president of the California Federation of Teachers, which backed the proposition.

Two other initiatives dealing with the state budget also passed.

Proposition 22, which sought to prohibit the state from borrowing money from local governments, was approved.

Proposition 26, which was aimed at making it harder for governments to charge fees to businesses by reclassifying them as taxes, won too.

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Comments (3)
  1. Bob says:

    Actually it means that the obstructionist minority special interests can’t hold the budget hostage. No more “I’ll only vote for your budget if you give me some pork for my district”.

  2. Mike says:

    You must be joking. Prop 22 and prop 26 will make balancing the budget harder. While stealing one pot to fund another should not be done every year, you want the flexibility to do this in tough times.

  3. Mark says:

    Since we don’t want our fees to increase, I have a solution to solve problems when the costs go up and we can’t raise the fees. Let’s only allow people to get married one day a month or go fishing one day a week. We won’t need as many people then to hand out marriage licenses or to patrol the lakes enforcing the fishing license requirements.

    And if people want our state parks to be funded 100% by admission fees, then I would benefit because we can raise the overnight fees for camping to $100-$150 a night, which will reduce the number of people who want to camp. Getting a camp site won’t be so hard.

    If only users of a service should pay for that service, then I don’t want my income taxes going to pay for our roads anymore. It should all come from gas taxes, so let’s add about $2/gal to fund our roads.

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