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Activists want new rules for passing taxes

June 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's a move in Sacramento to change the way new taxes and fees are passed in California. Tax reform activists are pushing a new initiative.Currently, new fees need only a simple majority vote in the legislature to pass. The new initiative would increase the threshold by requiring a two-thirds super-majority.

A similar measure was defeated at the polls ten years ago. However, supporters of the measure say the atmosphere in California is much different now.

"This is about respecting the taxpayers, respecting the constitution and making sure that our legislature follows the rules of the constitution," sad Allan Zaremberg, the president of the California Chamber of Commerce.

Supporters say the new initiative will prevent the legislature from passing new taxes disguised as fees.