Scholars: Let Californians Decide Between Two Budgets


Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday, two California law professors, Chris Elmendorf and Ethan Leib, who have studied the state's governance say that voters should be given a choice between a Democratic budget proposal and a Republican one on the ballot.

This style of choice, reminiscent of the game show "Let's Make a Deal" (current host Wayne Brady pictured), would make sense, for a number of reasons. One they don't mention is: by kicking the budget choice to voters, lawmakers would have time to devote to fixing the budget and governance systems that require constant cuts and/or tax increases.

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