Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Oct 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm
Repairing the initiative process is part of the CA Constitutional solution. We have the most amended constitution in the world! Besides the corporate-no-property-tax increase (over 1%) I would like to see the crazy 2/3 (any) budget rule sacked. This makes the state government inoperative.
Prop 13 (1%) property tax limits for residential is what the majority still wants. But the lifetime (or residential ownership time) of any Californian (i.e. a person) is much less than a California commercial property owner (Corporation). Changing the commercial rule to match the average residential turnover period (forces full assessment at 1%) would help most local governments. BUSINESS NEEDS TO PAY ITS FAIR SHARE OF PROPERTY TAXES!
A 2/3 requirement make senses for a constitutional change - not for a yearly budget. Yet the initiative process has gotten that reversed. For a 0% increase budget- 2/3 legislative vote makes no sense. If the budget increases faster than the state domestic product (ie revenues increase as a % of state domestic product) MAKING STATE GOVERNMENT GROW then maybe the 2/3 budget rule mades sense. But the last constitutional change - by less than 2/3 of the state voters is really bad government.
Our state constitution is broken. The initiative process for citizens to amend it with 50.001% majority is a big part of the problem! The US Constitution takes 2/3 of Congress and 3/4 of the states to amend.