California Initiatives That Propose Spending Must Identify a Funding Source, ACA 6 (2012)

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Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6, or Initiatives That Propose Spending Must Identify a Funding Source, was a contender for, but ultimately did not appear on, the 2012 ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.[1]

ACA 6 was sponsored by Mike Gatto and Mike Feuer. They saw it as a way to reform ballot-box budgeting. Under the terms of ACA 6, any proposed ballot initiative that would cause the state government to have to spend money would have had to identify where that money would come from.[1]


Steven Greenhut opposed ACA 6, saying it is the "biggest danger" of a package of changes by Democratic state legislators to California's I&R process, the ultimate goal of which is to "eliminat[e] the main vehicle Californians have to reform a government that will not be reformed by elected officials, thus leaving us completely at the mercy of legislators and the liberal interest groups that control them."[2]

Greenhut said of ACA 6 specifically that "Despite Gatto's assurances to the contrary, it's clear the bill could be applied to initiatives that would reduce taxes, given that such measures, Proposition 13, for example, would result in a 'net increase' in costs to state and local governments. Bonds are exempt, which means that these government-supported initiatives to increase taxes and spending get a pass while the people's efforts to rein in government could be halted."[2]

David Wolfe of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association said that ACA6 would "eviscerate the initiative process" and that the initiative process is "the only road to adopt constructive policy in this state."[2]

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