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California Government Spending Limits (2010)

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A California Government Spending Limits Act (09-0090, 09-0091) did not qualify for the November 2, 2010 ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment.

Thomas W. Hiltachk filed two versions of the act, one on November 20 and one on November 23, with the Office of the California Attorney General.[1]

On January 26, both versions were given an official ballot title and cleared for circulation with a circulation deadline of June 25, 2010. Neither version met the signature deadline.[1]

Text of measure

09-0090

The Attorney General issued the following title, summary and statement of estimated fiscal impact for initiative 09-0090:[2]

Ballot title

Changes Method of Calculating State Spending Limit. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.[3]

Summary

Changes method of calculating state spending limit. Subjects certain transportation and other currently excluded expenditures to spending limit. Eliminates constitutional requirement that revenues received in excess of spending limit be returned to taxpayers and used for schools, and generally redirects those revenues toward reducing state debt.[3]

Estimated fiscal impact

Revised spending limit likely would alter state spending. In the near future, the percentage of the state budget devoted to K-14 education and debt expenses likely would increase, and the percentage devoted to other areas likely would decrease. Over the longer term, state reserves, tax rebates, and other one-time spending also could increase.[3]

09-0091

The Attorney General issued the following title, summary and statement of estimated fiscal impact for initiative 09-0091:[4]

Ballot title

Changes Methods of Calculating Public School Funding and State Spending Limit. Eliminates Constitutional Guarantee of State Funding of Community Colleges. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.[3]

Summary

Changes method of calculating minimum funding level for K-12 public schools. Eliminates constitutional guarantee of state funding of community colleges. Changes method of calculating state spending limit. Subjects certain transportation and other currently excluded expenditures to spending limit. Eliminates constitutional requirement that revenues received in excess of spending limit be returned to taxpayers and used for schools, and generally redirects those revenues toward reducing state debt.[3]

Estimated fiscal impact

Revised spending limit likely would alter state spending. In the near future, the percentage of the state budget devoted to debt expenses likely would increase, and the percentage devoted to most other areas likely would decrease. Over the longer term, state reserves, tax rebates, and other one-time spending also could increase. Possible state funding decreases for community college districts, given this measure's elimination of their constitutional funding guarantee. Possible increase or decrease in state funding for K-12 school districts in any given year, given this measure’s changes of their constitutional funding guarantee.[3]

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