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Letters: Hold state accountable

Posted: July 11, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:30 p.m.

The Signal Editorial Board was right on the mark when it called to task our state Legislature for its complete lack of fiscal responsibility demonstrated in the recently passed state budget in “Balanced budget, not sleight of hand” (July 8).

The Democrat-proposed budget was passed by a straight party-line vote. It was filled with shaky economic assumptions and contained no reforms targeted at containing the cost of government. It was also shockingly devoid of any pro-business policies that could have helped grow the private-sector economy.

However, we have recourse; as voters will have the opportunity to enforce proper fiscal discipline upon the Legislature at the polls two different times over the next two years.

This November, California Forward’s initiative will reform the budget by: establishing a two-year budget; prohibiting the Legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified; permitting the governor to cut budget unilaterally during declared fiscal emergencies if Legislature fails to act; and, most importantly, requiring performance reviews of all state programs.

Also, in November 2014, a hard spending-cap initiative will be on the ballot. This proposal is similar to the Gann Limit that existed in California from 1979-90. If the Gann limit had remained in existence, our state would currently have a budget surplus.

Hardworking families throughout California do their best to live within their means; it’s about time that our state Legislature does the same.


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