31

State budget and governance reform

Election results

Votes Pct.
Yes 3,420,446 39.3%
No 5,292,360 60.7%

If it passes

Proposition 31 is sponsored by the bipartisan reform group California Forward. The measure would shift some decision-making power from the state to local governments and from the Legislature to the governor, in part by giving the governor new unilateral power to cut state spending in case of a fiscal emergency if the Legislature fails to act.

It would make it harder for the Legislature to pass some bills and would require lawmakers to spend time overseeing and evaluating state programs. Budgeting would move from an annual to a two-year cycle. Cities, counties and other local governments would be able to reject some state regulations in favor of their own, and local governments would get new power to allocate property taxes among themselves.

— Los Angeles Times

Official summary and analysis

Editorial: The Times' take

Tracking the money

A total of 228 individual contributions have been made to four committees supporting and opposing Proposition 31, raising $5,998,356. About 89% of the money raised has been to support the proposition. The list below shows the top individual contributions supporting and opposting the measure. Follow the links for additional detail.

Support
$5,354,159
Oppose
$644,197
Support contributions by state
$1
$10K
$100K
$500K
$1M
+
State Amount %
California $5,289,059 98.8%
Out of state $65,100 1.2%
Opposition contributions by state
$1
$10K
$100K
$500K
$1M
+
State Amount %
California $499,172 77.5%
Out of state $145,025 22.5%
Single contributions by size
Support
Oppose
Largest single contributions in support
# Name Date Amount
1 Nicolas Berggruen Institute Trust Feb. 6, 2012 $1,200,000
2 Californians For Government Accountability, Sponsored By California Forward Issues Action Fund Feb. 2, 2012 $883,567
3 California Forward Jan. 10, 2012 $450,000
4 Nicolas Berggruen Institute Trust March 8, 2012 $300,000
5 Californians For Government Accountability, Sponsored By California Forward Issues Action Fund Feb. 29, 2012 $300,000
6 California Forward Action Fund Aug. 1, 2012 $250,000
7 Michael Marston Oct. 18, 2012 $124,700
8 Michael Marston Oct. 1, 2012 $111,000
9 Emerson Collective, LLC Oct. 11, 2012 $100,000
10 Thomas McKernan Jr. Feb. 1, 2012 $100,000
Largest single contributions in opposition
# Name Date Amount
1 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees California People Issues PAC Sept. 14, 2012 $75,000
2 United Food and Commercial Workers Oct. 26, 2012 $50,000
3 CA State Council of Service Employees Issues Committee Oct. 23, 2012 $50,000
4 California Teachers Union Oct. 23, 2012 $50,000
5 Working Families Issues Commitee, Sponsored By the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Aug. 22, 2012 $50,000
6 National Education Association Oct. 26, 2012 $35,304
7 Working Families Issues Commitee, Sponsored By the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Dec. 6, 2012 $30,000
8 AFL-CIO Oct. 19, 2012 $30,000
9 Californians For Clean Energy And Jobs, Sponsored By Environmental Organizations And Business For Clean Energy And Jobs Aug. 3, 2012 $30,000
10 Working Families Issues Commitee, Sponsored By the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Aug. 2, 2012 $30,000

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* The totals for contributions to Proposition 31 include those from one committee working to support or oppose multiple propositions. The $354,920 raised is included in the totals for each proposition. This could skew the totals reported here.

* Committees campaigning for or against a proposition can contribute money to other committees working to support or oppose any of the propositions on the November ballot. To date, this committee-to-committee giving accounts for about $20.4 million. Also, totals for propositions do not include unitemized contributions under $100.

Credits: Lorena Iniguez Elebee, Stephanie Ferrell, Robert Greene, Alexandra LeTellier, Maloy Moore, Anthony Pesce, Ben Welsh.

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