The Skinny

Looks like we’re moving ever-closer in the game of chicken known as the California initiative wars. And no, we’re not talking about the measure filed this week that would force a state divestment from Israel until a Palestinian state is created. And we’re not even talking about the proposal to remove community colleges from the Proposition 98 guarantee. The Chamber of Commerce has created a committee to begin raising money for a ballot measure that would eliminate the semantic difference between a tax and a fee. The so-called ‘Sinclair Paint fix’ has been a priority of business groups who argue the legislature continually raises fees with majority-vote bills, while taxes require a two-thirds vote to move through the Legislature. Meanwhile, the California Teachers Association appears ready to move forward with a committee that would repeal recent tax breaks for large corporations. The two measures are major budgetary pieces in the context of Sacramento, but aren’t the big guns that business groups and labor unions are still aiming at each other in the form of potential initiatives on the November ballot. But as the calendar continues to tick toward November, we’ll be watching to see which weapons are deployed as we all move closer to D-Day…

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