Prop. 31: Two-Year State Budget
Establishes two-year state budget. Sets rules for offsetting new expenditures, and Governor budget cuts in fiscal emergencies. Local governments can alter application of laws governing state-funded programs.
what your vote means
A YES vote on this measure means: Certain fiscal responsibilities of the Legislature and Governor, including state and local budgeting and oversight procedures, would change. Local governments that create plans to coordinate services would receive funding from the state and could develop their own procedures for administering state programs.
A NO vote on this measure means: The fiscal responsibilities of the Legislature and Governor, including state and local budgeting and oversight procedures, would not change. Local governments would not be given (1) funding to implement new plans that coordinate services or (2) authority to develop their own procedures for administering state programs.
Decreased state revenues and commensurate increased local revenues, probably in the range of about $200 million annually, beginning in 2013-14. Potential decreased state program costs or increased state revenues resulting from changes in the fiscal authority of the Legislature and Governor. Increased state and local costs of tens of millions of dollars annually to implement new budgeting practices. Over time, these costs would moderate and potentially be offset by savings from improved program efficiencies.
No change from status quo.
YES on 31 will stop politicians from keeping Californians in the dark about how their government is functioning. It will prevent the state from passing budgets behind closed doors, stop politicians from creating programs with money the state doesn’t have, and require governments to report results before spending more money.
Proposition 31 is a badly flawed initiative that locks expensive and conflicting provisions into the Constitution, causing lawsuits, confusion, and cost. Prop. 31 threatens public health, the environment, prevents future increases in funding for schools, and blocks tax cuts. Join teachers, police, conservationists, tax reformers: vote no on Prop. 31.
Taxpayers for Government
Californians for Transparent and
|1||NICOLAS BERGGRUEN INSTITUTE TRUST||$1,557,587|
|4||CALIFORNIANS FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY (cash on hand as of 1/1/2011)||$398,287|
|5||CALIFORNIA FORWARD ACTION FUND||$348,000|
|1||CALIFORNIA LABOR FEDERATION||$102,500|
|2||AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES||$93,073|
|3||SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION||$75,272|
|4||NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION||$60,025|
|5||BALLOT INITIATIVE STRATEGY CENTER||$54,721|