Ripping Up California’s Constitution

by Ben Cohen

The awesome Mayor from San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, highlights what is wrong with California, and suggests a series of radical steps to change it:

Right now, our government is an opaque system of special

interest-driven constitutional amendments, archaic legislative rules,

and complex ballot initiatives that have created systemic gridlock.

California, the country’s most populous state, is governed by a

constitution written 120 years ago and yet is already burdened by the

weight of more than 500 amendments. Our constitution is eight times

longer than the U.S. Constitution…..

Let’s repeal the two-thirds vote requirement to pass a budget so a few

members of the minority party can’t hold up the budget process and

California won’t have to issue IOUs. Let’s consider instituting a more

robust rainy day fund, so we save when times are good for those times

when things aren’t so good. We need to think about a multi-year budget

cycle, something that will force the legislature to take a longer view

when considering priorities. And it’s time to give more local control

to counties and municipalities – after all, they know what is best for

their communities, and they should have more discretion on how to spend


Newsom is running for Governor of California in 2010 on a very, very progressive platform. If you live in California, I’d certainly suggest voting for him.

Read more at:

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.