It’s the Legislature, Stupid: Report Shows Initiatives Effectively Control Only 4% of California’s Budget

Wed, Jun 1 2011 by Staff

Dr. John MatsusakaJust last week syndicated columnist George Will conjectured that “as much as 85 percent” of California’s budget is controlled by initiatives. Where he gets the 85 percent figure isn’t clear, but then Mr. Will is merely repeating what has become a fundamental piece of California political mythology: the idea that the state’s budget woes are the fault of voters and the initiative process. As updated research from Dr.