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Governor Brown withdrew from discussions with the GOP Assembly and Senate members when it became clear that they delivered a list of 53 demands, many of which had nothing to do with the budget, at the very last minute.
WE STILL NEED TO VOTE.
50,000 58,000 citizens can use a petition to call for a vote that will let them keep taxes at the existing level for five years, and 55% of the state's voters approve of raising corporate taxes, but only a handful of Republican legislators are required to block the vote and thwart the democratic process.
What's wrong with this picture? California's "supermajority" rule--with aid and comfort from the astroturf organization Americans for Prosperity, that's what. This, from a state Republican party that was delivered a shellacking in 2010 with no wins in important state seats and LOSSES in the State Senate and Assembly.