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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:40 PM

Dems' plans for supermajority? A whole lot of nothing

http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_22111497/california-democrats-supermajority-powers-will-be-short-lived

When Democrats last month achieved broad taxing powers by capturing supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, Democratic leaders immediately ruled out new taxes, saying they didn't want to be seen as overreaching just after voters approved Gov. Jerry Brown's $6 billion annual tax hike....

That's because the Democrats' supermajority status will be short-lived, wiped out for most of 2013 because a spate of expected vacancies and special elections will whittle their ranks to below the two-thirds threshold in the Assembly.

"There will be a very short window that Democrats will have the supermajority," said Eric Bauman, vice chairman of the state Democratic Party. "So I've been cautioning party activists to be patient."...

It'll be 2014 until we really have any serious opportunity to go after revenue," said Mike Herald, executive director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, which advocates for programs that support the poor such as CalWORKS, the state's welfare-to-work system.


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pinto Dec 2012 #1
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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:36 PM

1. I think the point is that a longer term super majority is likely in Jan '14.

3 - 4 months is the limit in '13. And the point about the voter approval of the tax hikes in the election is a good one.

So we'll see.

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:35 PM

2. we won another assembly seat yesterday...

That makes the assembly 55-25. We have a little room...

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