The Jury Talks Back

9/20/2009

Fixing California: A challenge

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 1:40 pm

I have a challenge for my fellow posters here, and even for those on the main site: Name one or two reforms that 1) are practical, 2) can take effect quickly, and 3) would have measurable effect in getting California out of its fiscal mess.

We see many of the usual suspects (e.g. the L.A. Times) repeating bad ideas like a Constitutional Convention, or restricting the Initiative, or making tax increases easier. What do we have to offer besides “No!”? If that’s all we have, even a bad plan will beat no plan.

9 Comments

  1. Two reforms?

    Ok! First one, restore the part time legislature. If our representatives have enough time to indulge in spanking fetishes with lobbyists, they have way too much time on their hands. In this day and age, electronic committee meetings should be utilized and the senate and lower house meet only for 4-6 months a year to physically pass laws. Break it up into 1 week segments through out the year (say one a month) But you have to be physically present in the room to vote.

    Comment by MunDane68 — 9/20/2009 @ 3:01 pm

  2. Second reform: Both the upper and lower houses will be fixed a population level (say 45,000 persons), not fixing the size of the legislature by something as outdated as the shape or size of the building they meet in.

    Comment by MunDane68 — 9/20/2009 @ 3:04 pm

  3. 1. Remove all Liberals, especially Democrats from political office and from the Judiciary in CA. The turnaround will be frenetic!

    Comment by PCD — 9/21/2009 @ 4:52 am

  4. First, cut all state spending which includes wage cuts for the legislature and all other state employees. Fire 5% of non elected employes Second, replace the current income tax with a flat tax without any deductions, credits, or exclusions.

    Comment by Bar Sinister — 9/22/2009 @ 5:28 am

  5. Take up the federal appeals process for Proposition 187 that Gray Davis dropped on the floor.

    Comment by luagha — 9/22/2009 @ 11:59 am

  6. Convert the legislature to a unicameral body. Since both houses are apportioned on the basis of population a two house legislature no longer makes sense. As suggested above make the legislators part time.

    Require the governor to present a balanced budget to the legislature by a certain date and the legislature to adopt a balanced budget (by a simple majority but a 2/3 majority to raise taxes) by a certain date. If either party fails to meet the deadline, he and/or they should be removed from office and banned from ever holding public office in CA.

    Comment by Stu707 — 9/22/2009 @ 7:14 pm

  7. No, Stu, I think that is a little too severe. Perhaps, if the Legislature is unable or unwilling to produce a balanced budget by the deadline, the current budget should be continued but with a 5% reduction in discretionary spending, and a freeze on all wages and staff levels.
    Another point that needs to be addressed is the lack of any accountability within the Ed bureaucracy.
    It is time to make them choose: Tenure/Civil Service Protections, or Collective Bargaining.
    One, or the Other; but not both!

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! — 9/22/2009 @ 9:09 pm

  8. more…when I say “too severe”, I am talking about banning them from office.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! — 9/22/2009 @ 9:10 pm

  9. AD, I’m with you on Tenure,etc. vs collective bargaining–one but not both.

    Adopting a budget is one of if not the most important tasks the legislature has. If they can’t perform it on time, get rid of them and don’t let them come back. I’ll wager that if my suggestion were to be enacted, the budget would be adopted on time every year.

    Comment by Stu707 — 9/23/2009 @ 10:26 am

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