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Field Poll Finds Californians Want State Government Overhauled

Field Poll Finds Californians Want State Government Overhauled

Susan Ferriss | The Sacramento Bee via YellowBrix

October 14, 2009

Brill said it frustrated him that while Democrats have a “pretty substantial majority,” in the Legislature, they have to cut “all sorts of deals with Republicans just to get a budget passed.”

Budget debate drags on year after year, he said, tarnishing the state’s credit rating, which is bad for business.

Michael Ringger, a nonpartisan Redding voter also polled, said he opposes lifting the two-thirds requirement to pass a budget.

Ringger was also among a strong majority 69 to 27 percent of those surveyed who oppose amending Proposition 13 to allow the Legislature to increase taxes with a simple majority.

“I think there wouldn’t be enough thought and compromise in the process,” said the 56-year-old accountant.

These two limits, Ringger said, force the Legislature to engage in “a lot more give and take.”

Ringger said he worked to pass Proposition 8, but believes that changing the constitution at the ballot box should ideally require two-thirds voter approval.

“I liked the result,” he said of Proposition 8. “But maybe if it had passed with two-thirds of the vote it would have been better. Maybe we would have had to work a lot harder.”

The poll, which contacted 1,005 registered voters, was partially funded by Next 10, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit grouop focused on environmental policy and the state budget.


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