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Geroge Lakoff's ballot intiative would boost California public power

Proposal would end caps on taxation by reducing 2/3rd voting requirement to simple majority.

George Lakoff is promoting a ballot initiative to let California raise taxes for public services.Secretary of State Debra Bowen Monday announced that George Lakoff, the proponent of a new initiative that would change the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget, can start collecting petition signatures for his measure.

Bowen prepared the legal title and summary that are required to appear on initiative petitions. With that now done, Lakoff and supporters can begin their work.

Lakoff, an American cognitive linguist and professor of linguistics at the UC Berkeley, must collect signatures of 694,354 registered voters, the number equal to 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2006 gubernatorial election. in order to qualify it for the ballot. He has 150 days to circulate petitions for this measure, meaning the signatures must be collected by October 12....

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