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  •  my hunch is that they'll nibble at the edges (1+ / 0-)
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    ending the supermajority requirement for local bonds and taxes but not at the state legislature level, for fear of looking too tax-happy. brown in particular is inclined towards decentralization and localization, so i can see him agreeing to it.

    i think it might require another initiative to ratify changing 2/3 at the state leg level, but it's not clear whether that change would be a constitutional amendment (and thus needing to be ratified by popular vote) or whether it would be a statutory adjustment of an existing amendment and thus doable with a simple 2/3 vote.

    the supermajority also exaggerates the power of a small faction of conservative democrats, so i would be surprised if they will be able to pass progressive tax legislation with their newfound supermajority. that wider margin should make regular non-tax legislation a lot easier to pass, though, and it should make the annual budget clusterfuck a lot less odious, as buying off centrist dems makes for much better deals than buying off right wing nutjobs.

    the longer dems hold a supermajority, the more likely they are to stop looking over their shoulder on taxes. look for them to place a bunch of good initiatives on the 2014 ballot, though.

    •  It'll come from the state Senate (0+ / 0-)

      Here's our fearless leader of the Assembly:

      When Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was asked what he intended to do with his caucus' new power, he responded with one word: Nothing.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:36:46 AM PST

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      •  wtf? (0+ / 0-)

        See this is the critical part. MAKE them do it.  pelosi would not be like perez.  

        What exactly does he mean by nothing?  John perez is gay and he used to be a big supporter of democratic values. You would think after going through struggles he would want to help others who are struggling.

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