Proposition 31

The Democratic Supermajority: Use It or Lose It

By Robert Cruickshank

Democratic control of the California State Legislature is nothing new. Since 1970 Democrats have dominated the Capitol, with Republicans having only a narrow majority in the Assembly for a short 2-year period in the 1990s and never having control of the Senate in that time. But since 1978, Democratic majorities have been essentially meaningless. Proposition 13 required a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes, a conservative attempt to seize power they had failed to win at the ballot box. In November 2012, Democrats finally won the two-thirds majority in the Legislature that had been so close in recent years.

Prop 31: A Smorgasbord of Provisions

By Sheila Kuehl

Prop 31 is a collection of seven disparate provisions gathered together by a collection of think-tanks and pundits aimed changing state government procedures. It is primarily the brainchild of an organization called California Forward, which was put together by Common Cause and the Center for Governmental Studies, among others, and funded by five foundations, including the California Endowment. The hope was to find ways to make government more efficient and responsive. However, several critics have opined that Prop 31 doesn't really accomplish the goal, but simply recycles a number of ideas that have been floated through the years without a good deal of empirical evidence on whether or not they accomplish what they set out to do.

The Growing Opposition to Prop 31

By Anthony Wright

At Health Access California, we were pleased to see the Sacramento Bee editorialize in opposition to Proposition 31 recently. Health Access California regretfully opposes Prop 31. We know better than most that our budget process and governance structure needs reform, but Prop 31 would in fact make the problems worse.

We've posted on our website our one-pager on why Prop 31 is bad for California's health, and our reasons are similar to the Bee's list: