As readers know, an epic ballot initiative battle is brewing. On one side of the ring we have the Chief Executive Officer of the most populous state in the nation, Governor Jerry Brown. On the other side we have a Pasadena-based, Harvard-educated attorney and daughter of billionaire Charles Munger, Molly Munger. Both are supporting ballot initiatives that would raise taxes.
Their proposals are different, but their overall goal of raising revenue
is the same, and many fear that with two proposals on the ballot it is
more likely that both measures will fail. Others worry that voters could
be confused by the differences and/or similarities between the
Thus Munger has been under enormous pressure to drop her proposal,
something she has not done. In fact, she is now suing because of the
placement that Brown's proposal is slated to get on the November 2012
Brown recently signed a bill that means
constitutional amendments, like his proposal, will be listed near the
top of the ballot, pushing Munger's, a statute, down to a less desirable
The takeaway here should go beyond the seemingly endless struggle
between Brown and Munger. The point is that as a state we should truly
take another hard look at the ballot initiative process. Can this really
be the best way to make laws?
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