How Our Money Gets Spent

Reform measure that has qualified for November 2, 2010 ballot:
Drop threshold for passing budget from two-thirds to a simple majority in Prop.25

Reform measures that are under discussion:
Put "windfall" into reserve or one time use

  • Information about Prop 1A (2009), where voters turned down changes to the budget process, from the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS).

Performance-based budgeting

  • Recommendations (PDF) from California Performance Review.

Multi-year budgeting

  • California Legislative Analyst’s Office 2010-11 Fiscal Outlook which recommends a multi-year budget as a tool in fixing the state budget.
  • Article from Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) examining whether California’s fiscal constraints are institutional or political.