From our friends at the California Democratic Party:
Teachers, firefighters and nurses have launched a petition drive to put a majority vote budget on the ballot in November. Their measure changes the vote requirement to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority and penalizes legislators for failing to do their most important job – passing a fair budget on time.
Year after year Republicans hold the budget hostage and are able to make extraneous demands that weaken our environmental protection laws and undermine worker protections, and they even managed to foist a Louisiana-style “Top-Two” primary on the voters of California – all in exchange for passing a budget which they are already required to do by law.
Getting this initiative to quality for the ballot will be an uphill climb for our partners unless our party’s grassroots activists engage, organize and mobilize now.
And from our friends at Californians For Democracy, one organization coordinating efforts to get this on the ballot:
The California Democracy Act is a simple, 14-word initiative that would end the 2/3 rule that has left the state in the hands of a minority of legislators who have prevented the government from doing what it was created to do: protecting and empowering its residents:
“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”
Want to help? Californians for Democracy will now accept what they call ‘single-signature petitions.’ This means that people interested in supporting this initiative can now print, sign and mail the petition from their own homes. Here’s how:
- Download the petition and print it. Do not shrink or enlarge it; print it only at 100%, single sided, on white, 8.5″ x 11″ paper only. Please be sure to follow the printing and mailing instructions carefully.
- Sign the petition and mail it to the campaign. Mailing instructions are included on the petition document itself.
Time is of the essence. After April 5, it will be too late to get on the November ballot and we will need to start all over again. And California just can’t wait.