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Mark Paul

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Mark Paul is a senior scholar with the New America Foundation. He advocates a California constitutional convention to revise the California Constitution.

If there is a constitutional convention, Paul think it is important that the convention address Proposition 13, whereas some supporters of the convention idea, such as the Bay Area Council, have sought ways to take Proposition 13 off the table. Paul says, "I think it's silly to have a conversation about the future direction of California without talking about Proposition 13. I think it's fundamental."[1]

Paul also supports removing specific fiscal language from the constitution.[1]


One criticism Paul makes of the California Constitution is that it includes policies that should be handled by statutes rather than through the state's fundamental constitution, and that this feature of the constitution makes California hard to govern:

"We’ve embedded so many policy decisions into the state constitution, it’s just become unworkable."[2]


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