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June 26, 2012
California voters heading to the polls in November will consider a package of proposed fixes for state governance that includes changes to the budget process.
The constitutional amendment, backed by the California Forward Issue Action Fund, would switch the state to a two-year, performance-based budgeting process and allow the governor to make cuts on his own in times of fiscal emergency. It would also enact legislative transparency measures and let local governments to change or opt out of certain laws and regulations.
Supporters of the measure, which was certified for the ballot today by Secretary of State Debra Bowen, turned in more than 1.2 million voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. The qualification campaign was aided with a major contribution from billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen, who has pledged to spend $20 million to address California’s governance issues.
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