Resolution to Reform the
California Budget Process

Whereas, the requirement that ANY budget or tax increase in California has to be approved by a two thirds majority of legislative members has created a permanent minority veto over California's budget and tax structure, and

Whereas, both our Federal and State constitutions guarantee that the interests of the majority of the populace be protected and the two thirds rule denies this right, and

Whereas, the minority exercises veto power over the budget it discourages honest, good faith negotiations and over the last 6 budget cycles has succeeded in cutting $39 billion from the state' Health and Human Services budgets as well as substantial cuts to education and has brought the State to near bankruptcy.

Therefore be it resolved that the California Democratic Party calls for the overturn of the two thirds requirement to restore true representative government to the State of California and create a legislative climate where honest deliberation and thoughtful compromise can occur, and

Therefore be it further resolved that the California Democratic Party requests all Democratic members of the State Legislature to make changing this requirement their top priority and pledges to work to educate, advocate for and work to change the budgetary/tax increase requirement to a simple majority vote.