Restoring majority rule - Page 3

Ballots measures seek to break California's political and financial gridlock

"When the Legislature attempts to replace what's currently a tax on utilities with a fee, currently they can do that with a simple majority. But people on the right tend to worry that if you eliminate a tax and call it a fee, it's illegal," California Forward spokesperson Ryan Rauzon explained.

The other initiative would allow county governments to identify priorities and raise revenue with a simple majority vote, Mayer said, a plan he claims is about "empowering local governments."