But he was careful to never explicitly say so.
And that's why they're duking it out over the title and summary of Proposition 25. This morning, a judge removed a sentence from the title of Prop 25 that says it won't affect the supermajority vote for a tax hike, calling that sentence "misleading."
If you follow California politics, you're well versed in the pros and cons of reducing the legislative vote for a new state budget to a simple majority of each house. But should the issue make it to the ballot this fall, you might see opponents focus on one specific budget process: the raising of fees, which critics like to say are just another word for taxes.
It's a complicated issue, and one that shows just how eternal the fight seems in California over the way the state budget is crafted and implemented.