While we relayed here that the CA Forward initiative campaign to qualify budget reform on the ballot was facing a bit of financial trouble and by extension the possibility of suspension, new Assembly Speaker John Perez said in an interview that he would likely ask the Legislature to lower the vote requirement for passing the budget on the November ballot, as was proposed by CA Forward. Perez is a supporter of a majority vote for passing budgets because he believes that it would allow for more accountability and transparency. The Capital Alert reports that Perez said the following of the state’s budget process:
“We're the only state that has a supermajority requirement and gives the governor line-item authority to veto. It makes it so nobody knows who's responsible, nobody knows who's accountable. You have a majority party who's leveraged by a minority party to get things in the budget to get a handful of votes, but nobody knows who's accountable for the overall package."
CA Forward is supposed to decide this week whether it will continue its qualification campaign.
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