Assemblywoman Harkey, R-Dana Point, is Vice-Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and represents the 73rd Assembly District in the California Legislature
Well, true to form, the Democrats’ budget delay tactics continue
this year. The leaders of both the Senate (Steinberg – D Sacramento)
and the Assembly (Perez – D Los Angeles), refuse to accept the
Governor’s budget, but are offering no real alternatives. Reportedly,
they have agreed on a few budget reductions but are no where near how
to fill the gaping $19B budget hole.
One rumor is that a delay until we run out of cash in the fall, might
play into the "dysfunctional" Legislature theme, forcing a
"bi-partisan" agreement (read: raise taxes). Another rumor is that the
Democrats want to convince voters that 2/3 vote requirement to pass a
budget is the problem, and they are willing to inflict budget pain in
the schools and on the streets, or through IOU’s when funding stops, to
make their point. Not surprisingly, there is a measure on the ballot in
November that would allow voters to decrease the budget vote
requirement to a simple majority (50% + 1).
Without the 2/3 vote requirement, 50% (plus 1) of the Legislators could
pass taxes without the input of 50% (minus 1) of the rest of the state.
Why would you want taxation without representation?