"California has the biggest deficit of any U.S. state and the fight among its leaders over how to balance the state's books comes as lawmakers in Washington keep a close eye on fiscal troubles in nearly every statehouse. ...
The survey found that, by a 58 percent to 39 percent margin, voters said they would vote in favor of a ballot measure asking them to extend temporary tax increases.
Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said voters have become accustomed to the taxation levels of recent years and want a say in the fate of the state budget.
The survey found 61 percent of voters prefer calling a special election to settle the state's budget issues, compared with 36 percent who would leave it to lawmakers."
So, will there be any Republicans in state government willing to respect the right of the people to decide on the tax extensions? Or will the minority prevail again, because of California's 2/3rds rule?
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