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  •  They had this in CA.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, madhaus

    and for years, although the GOP has been on the verge of losing its 1/3rd minority status, they still had enough votes not just to bar raising taxes despite repeated majority (but not super-majority) votes to do so in attempts to address the state's budget deficit, they also managed for nearly two years, to bar the voters from even considering a vote on whether they were willing to accept tax increases.

    Finally, with the last election, a ballot initiative got the question on the ballot and it passed, despite the GOP's use of secretly funneled PAC money, via AZ, to try and stop it.

    The Dems now have a super-majority hold on the legislature, although elections to fill vacancies caused by past legislators moving to other posts may well help the GOP regain just enough seats to once again return to their full obstruction mode.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 12:43:09 PM PST

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    •  dweb - 2/3rds rule in Calif for over 100 years (0+ / 0-)

      It's a very long standing California tradition to need a super majority to raise taxes.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 12:54:44 PM PST

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      •  The 2/3 supermajority came from prop 13 (2+ / 0-)
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        i dont get it, madhaus

        Read here for example:

        •  icemilkcoffee - it actually preceeds Prop 13 (0+ / 0-)

          Since late in the 19th Century California had a supermajoriy requirement for any state budget that increased state spending by more than 5%. In all the years between the passage of that law and Prop 13 in only two years was the budget raised less than 5%, and therefore could be passed by a simple majority. Your answer is technically correct, and it is for tax increases, but for passing the state budget the supermajority rule traces back over 100 years.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 04:07:01 PM PST

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