Prop 13-Style Supermajority for Tax Increases Readied for Michigan Ballot

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 12:16 pm

As long as we’re talking about ballot measures today, an initiative that recently filed in Michigan could do for that state what Prop 13 did for California. Specifically, it would restrict any revenue increases to bills that secure a 2/3 vote in the legislature, a virtually impossible scenario, given anti-tax intransigence on the right. Michigan [...]

California Democrats Agree to Majority Vote Budget

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 7:40 am

After months of futile persuasion, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the legislature agreed to a majority budget deal that doesn’t increase taxes, which would have required a 2/3 vote. Much of the deal is predicated on the projection of $4 billion in increased revenue from a prior forecast. If the revenue does not [...]

Nothing Brave About Jerry Brown’s Budget Approach in California

By: Saturday March 5, 2011 8:58 am

E.J. Dionne had an op-ed this week about how “responsibility equals invisibility.” He contrasted the divisiveness of Scott Walker in Wisconsin or John Kasich in Ohio with the more measured approaches of Democratic governors dealing with their budget crises. There is nothing courageous about an ideological governor hacking away at programs that partisans of his [...]

Wisconsin Updates: Still Blocking Capitol Access, Fitzgerald Meets with Senate Dems, New Budget Horrors

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 11:29 am

Despite a temporary restraining order to open the Capitol building in Madison in advance of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget address, the Department of Administration is claiming that, despite their clear crackdown on protesters, they are complying with the request: “The Department of Administration today did receive a temporary injunction requiring the department to open the [...]

Wisconsin’s Walker Signs Bill Requiring 2/3 Majority for Tax Increases

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 2:27 pm

I got a sense from Sen. Chris Larson and some others in Wisconsin that the Governor and his Republican allies had run amok in the Capitol before attention was paid to their machinations due to the assault on public workers. But I didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw this come across the [...]

CA-36: Harman-Winograd Race Gets Negative in Final Weeks

By: Friday June 4, 2010 1:42 pm

Jane Harman is an eight-term member of Congress. Though she has faced primary challenges in the past, she’s fairly entrenched in the district. This year, against progressive anti-war activist Marcy Winograd, she has spent twice as much as her opponent (about 1/3 of her money has come from PACs) and has the name ID and [...]

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