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State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

California Ballot Measure - Proposition 31

Election: Nov. 6, 2012 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Budget, Spending and Taxes
Government Operations


Argument For


Argument Against


- Establishes two-year state budget cycle.

- Prohibits Legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified.

- Permits Governor to cut budget unilaterally during declared fiscal emergencies if Legislature fails to act.

- Requires performance reviews of all state programs.

- Requires performance goals in state and local budgets.

- Requires publication of all bills at least three days prior to legislative vote.

- Gives counties power to alter state statutes or regulations related to spending unless Legislature or state agency vetoes changes within 60 days.

Measure Text

Establishes two-year state budget. Sets rules for offsetting new expenditures, and Governor budget cuts in fiscal emergencies. Local governments can alter application of laws governing state-funded programs. Fiscal Impact: Decreased state sales tax revenues of $200 million annually, with corresponding increases of funding to local governments. Other, potentially more significant changes in state and local budgets, depending on future decisions by public officials.

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