November 2010 Election, California, Proposition 25

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Vote Recommendation: No

I was leaning "no" on this one for a while, largely based on the idea that I didn't want our tax-and-spend majority legislature to be able to ram their spending through any more easily. These vote margins, however, are double-edged swords, and it is hard to say what the real fiscal effect would be. There is also the "when in doubt, vote no" principle which applied here.

I finally decided to recommend a no vote based on the observation that the Democratic Party recommended a yes vote, and the Republican Party recommended a "no". While I don't always vote along party lines, I found the difference enough to bolster my tentative analysis

See: November 2010 Election, California


Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes.

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