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California: broke and broken?

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Attorney Gloria Allred writes in the phrase 'except for gays and lesbians' on a posterboard showing a portion of the California Constitution Declaration of Rights, after hearing the California Supreme Court decision to uphold Prop 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, during a press conference at Allred's offices in Los Angeles on May 26, 2009. AFP/Getty Images

How do you fix a broken government? In the wake of last summer’s budget crisis, Repair California was leading the charge to put Constitutional reform on the November ballot—until they ran out of cash, Friday. Another group will continue advancing proposals through the state legislature. What changes are needed to make the state run smoothly? Have Californians lost their appetite for dramatic reform? What are the consequences of inaction?


Bob Stern, President, Center for Governmental Studies

Bob Hertzberg, co-chair of California Forward, former Assembly Speaker

Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tem of State Senate, California State Senator

John Perez, Speaker-elect of the California Assembly

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