November 2, 2010 Ballot Prop. 25

Proposition 25: State budget can be passed with a simple majority vote

Official Results

Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.

Yes votes: 5,262,052 (55.1%)
No votes: 4,292,648 (44.9%)

The Legislature’s vote requirement to send the annual budget bill to the Governor would be lowered from two-thirds to a majority of each house of the Legislature.

Pro/Con Statements

Supporters say that Proposition 25 would reform California’s broken state budget process. They claim it would hold legislators accountable for late budgets by stopping their pay and benefits every day the budget is late. Supporters also say Proposition 25 would end budget gridlock by allowing a majority of legislators to pass the budget. They emphasize that it would not lower the two-thirds vote required to raise taxes.
Opponents say that politicians and special interests are promoting Proposition 25 to make it easier for politicians to raise taxes and restrict voters' constitutional right to reject bad laws. Opponents claim that Proposition 25 wouldn’t punish politicians, who would just increase their lavish expense accounts.
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