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Expensive ballot propositions? Blame the legislature, says reform group

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November 27, 2009

LOS ANGELES, California: Tax burden from expensive ballot propositions got you down? According to the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS), you should blame the California State Legislature, not the state's ballot initiative process.[1]

"Most of the ballot-box budgeting has come from you." That's what Robert Stern, president of CGS, told the Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Improving State Government in a November hearing in Oakland.

According to a CGS study, of the 68 ballot measures approved between 1988 and 2009 that had a price tag attached to them, 51 were legislatively-referred constitutional amendments or legislatively-referred state statutes. That's 75%.

The legislatively-referred measures cost $9.8 billion versus $2.05 billion for citizen-initiated measures.

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* Center for Governmental Studies