Dueling ads launched for, against Prop. 25

The campaign for Proposition 25 – the measure on November’s ballot that would reduce the legislative vote threshold for passing a state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority – released its first television ad today:

The proponents also launched a radio ad:

But Proposition 25’s opponents launched their first statewide radio ad today, too:

“We all want an on-time, balanced budget, but Prop 25 isn’t the answer. It’s just the latest attempt by Sacramento politicians and their special interest supporters to give themselves more power and perks,” No on 25 co-chair Allen Zaremberg, the California Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “The politicians behind Prop 25 say it will take away their pay if the budget is late, but all Prop 25 requires is that politicians submit a budget – any budget – to the Governor, even one that is out of balance, and full of borrowing and gimmickry. Even worse, buried in the measure is language that makes it easier for Legislators to raise taxes.”

UPDATE @ 10:37 A.M. WEDNESDAY: The “Yes on 25” committee has sent a letter to California radio stations demanding that the measure’s opponents’ ad be pulled because it “contains demonstrably false statements about the effects of the ballot measure – statements which have been refuted by a California Court of Appeals in a very recent court decision. We ask that you stop broadcasting this completely discredited ad.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    The two-thirds requirement goes back generations. It makes no sense in an annual legislature.

  • Elwood

    The two thirds requirement is the only thing saving us from the abyss of total dimmiecrat control of the legislature.

    Imagine a legislature in which whatever the dimmiecrats want, the dimmiecrats get. The mind boggles.

  • Common Tater

    Do we really want to make it easier to raise taxes? How about a 3/4 voting requirement to pass a budget?

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    What if, by some miracle, conservatives attain a working majority in Sacramento? Would you want a vengeful left minority to have veto power over the budget?

  • deerjerkydave

    Why are the state employee unions circling Prop 25 like sharks smelling blood in the water? That’s reason enough for me to vote no on Prop 25.