As we reported last week, the Democratic Party now has Legislative Supermajorities in both the State Senate and State Assembly. The most frequent question we have received over the past week is, “what does this mean in terms of policy?” The truth is, no one really knows. Politics in California is anything but predictable.
Guessing what is going to happen has become a favorite parlor game, and one way of getting a peek into the future is watching the influential political blogs.
Here is a suggested agenda from a piece published this week at calitics.com that might signal some of the broad stroke policy initiatives that will be pushed by activists:
• Make it even easier to vote. Same day registration is a good place to start.
• Bring even more revenue to the schools. Whatever the means, California’s schools still need help.
• Make sure every Californian gets good health care. Vermont is moving toward a single-payer system. California should join them.
• Do something to create jobs. A comprehensive job creation strategy, likely involving direct government hiring, should be high on the agenda.
• Fix the Constitution. Fixing Prop 13 would be a good start – a split roll, perhaps?
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