GOP Pushes for Transparency in State Budget Process
Republican lawmakers are pushing a proposal aimed at increasing transparency in the state budget process. The plan would require budget bills to be available to the public for three days, give the governor the authority to cut spending when the Legislature fails to quickly address a fiscal emergency and establish a series of hearings every other year to evaluate government programs. Because the proposal is a constitutional amendment, it requires two-thirds approval in both chambers of the Legislature and then would need voter approval in November 2014.
- "Republicans Push Overhaul of California Budget Process" (Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 4/10).