A collection of commentaries by Dan Walters over the past week.
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A “trailer” bill for the 2018-2019 state budget would suspend a law requiring voters to be told about the effects of local bond issues on their property taxes. Local officials apparently fear that with more information, voters would be less inclined to vote for the measures.
Gavin Newsom is almost certain to become California’s next governor and is promising a vast array of new services. But with Californians’ taxes already among nation’s highest. how would he pay for them?
The state Senate voted unanimously to increase welfare grants to nearly a million Californians. But it also voted almost unanimously to give welfare of another kind to the movie industry.
National media were drawn to California by its top-two primary election system and its effect on congressional races. Political party leaders hate the system, but voters like it and it’s likely to remain in place.