Marin Independent Journal: PROPOSITION 31 Budget reforms: Yes
California Forward, a bipartisan reform group of civic and business groups, has proposed moving the state to a two-year budget cycle and requiring the Legislature to show how it is going to cover the cost of long-term expenditures exceeding $25 million. It requires performance reviews for all state programs and agencies and requires public review of bills at least three days before the Legislature's vote. These are all good-government measures.
Proposition 31 also gives the governor unilateral power to make emergency budget cuts if the Legislature fails to take action. This should help end legislative gridlock.
Proposition 31 is not perfect, but Sacramento isn't either. It raises the bar for greater accountability in Sacramento.