No On Prop 25
Prop 25 is the upcoming ballot initiative that would reduce the requirement to pass a state budget to a simple majority vote as opposed to the current two thirds. I naturally opposed it and thought it rather silly to lower the requirement to two thirds if you still needed the two third majority to raise taxes to pay for the bigger budget.
According to the Orange County Register, that's a moot point. This editorial claims Prop 25 allows them to raise taxes with a simple majority vote, as well.
Not only that, but they say it will also eliminate voter's current right to place referendum on the ballot opposing tax increases resulting from the budget increases.
Definitely a NO vote for me on this one. I might grudgingly agree that we need to increase some taxes as a way to balance the budget. But I won't support any tax increases until we can come up with some effective spending limits.
This whole broohaha over the budget not getting passed on time has always gotten my goat to begin with. As the Register's editorial points out, it doesn't matter so much that a budget passes on time. It matters that the budget that gets passed is a sound one.