Prop. 31: Two-Year State Budget

Enacts several changes to state budget process, including establishing a two-year budget cycle.
Outcome: Failed

Summary

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.

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what your vote means

Yes

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.

No

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.

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financial effect

Yes

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

No change from status quo.

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campaign arguments

Yes

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.

No

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.

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campaign information

Yes

Taxpayers for Government 

Accountability

(916) 572-7111

info@accountableca.org

www.accountableca.org

No

Californians for Transparent and 

Accountable Government

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Additional information

Prop. 31 Full textClick here to view.
Measure TypeInitiated constitutional amendment
Date Qualified06/26/2012
ProponentSunne Wright McPeak c/o Robin B. Johansen and James C. Harrison
Signatures by CountyClick here to view.
Signatures Required807,615

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1NICOLAS BERGGRUEN INSTITUTE TRUST$1,557,587
2MICHAEL MARSTON$496,775
3CALIFORNIA FORWARD$450,000
4CALIFORNIANS FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY (cash on hand as of 1/1/2011)$398,287
5CALIFORNIA FORWARD ACTION FUND$348,000
35.3%
11.3%
10.2%
9.0%
7.9%
$4.4 million raised in total

No

17.9%
16.2%
13.1%
10.5%
9.5%
$573.7 thousand raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1CALIFORNIA LABOR FEDERATION$102,500
2AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES$93,073
3SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION$75,272
4NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION$60,025
5BALLOT INITIATIVE STRATEGY CENTER$54,721

Endorsements

News

Editorials

Yes

No

Campaign Advertisements

Yes

No

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Comments

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