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(prop) 23 + (prop) 26 - (AB) 32 = X. Find the value of X!

That headline's the most math I've done since I was 15, I think. Like the Barbie says, math is tough.

I have a story on today about Proposition 23 - finally - after all this blogging and monitoring of it.

Patt Morrison's show on Proposition 23 Monday was wonderful and I urge you to check it out. She moderated the yes and no folks, had a panel to ask pointed questions of them, and got stellar questions from an audience at UCLA.

The LAT's Margot Roosevelt raised questions about Proposition 26 during the show. 26 is the supermajority one - to pass a fee, you'd need 2/3 of the Legislature to agree with you at the state level, and 2/3 of the public at the local level. From the voter guide entry:

REQUIRES THAT CERTAIN STATE AND LOCAL FEES BE APPROVED BY TWO–THIRDS VOTE. FEES INCLUDE THOSE THAT ADDRESS ADVERSE IMPACTS ON SOCIETY OR THE ENVIRONMENT CAUSED BY THE FEE–PAYER’S BUSINESS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

  • Requires that certain state fees be approved by two–thirds vote of Legislature and certain local fees be approved by two–thirds of voters.
  • Increases legislative vote requirement to two–thirds for certain tax measures, including those that do not result in a net increase in revenue, currently subject to majority vote.

In honor of Proposition 26, and not, as rumored, Joy Gorman's birthday, we'll try to do some math about Prop 26, Prop 23, and AB 32 in the next day.

hard math

hard math by misterbisson, on Flickr

If you've got questions about the prop, dump them in the comments section here and I'll try to get to them.

At a wedding in Virgina this past weekend, someone looked at me and said, I think California has abused the privelige of ballot measure voting, and shouldn't get to do it anymore. She was being funny, and she is a Californian, but I wonder if she's right? You think we have?

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