Proposition 31 might win the battle for the longest and most complex ballot measure. At more than 8,000 words Prop. 31 is an opus to California Forward‘s attempt to restructure and rebuild California’s government from the core. To do that it outlines nine main changes:
- Establishes a two-year budget cycle
- Permits the governor to make unilateral budget cuts during fiscal emergencies
- Requires all bills to be published three days prior to a vote
- Forces lawmakers to identify a funding source for new programs or tax deductions
- Requires performance reviews
- Defines specific goals for the state budget and all local government budgets
- Allows local governments to establish “Community Strategic Action Plans”
- Allocates $200 million a year in sales tax to those plans
- Allows local governments to transfer local property taxes among themselves.
Whew, that’s a lot.
But one component of the initiative is particularly opaque: What are these “Community Strategic Action Plans”? What are they supposed to do? KQED called California Forward’s Executive Director Kristin Connelly to ask her specifically about the plans. California Forward wrote and sponsored Prop. 31. Continue reading