On Friday, May 7, CFT and coalition partners AFSCME and CNA submitted 1.1 million signatures on petitions to place a Majority Vote Budget measure on the state ballot for November 2010.
California is one of just three states that require a two thirds Legislative supermajority to pass a budget. Under these circumstances, a small minority of legislators controls the state budget process, and ensures the continued decline of funding for public education and other vital social services. Democracy is supposed to be simple majority rule (50% plus 1). We have lost democracy in our state budget process, with terrible effects for all of us.
Each year the state budget is held hostage by the legislative minority until the majority agrees to eliminate a tax, or until the majority is forced to agree to additional tax loopholes for special interests.
Well, it is less than the Majority Rule initiative which did not make it to the ballot. But, half a loaf is better than none.