Expensive ballot propositions? Blame the legislature, says reform group
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.
"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.