As the 2010 US census nears, redistricting and reapportionment enter the news. CMCâ€™s Rose Institute has pulled together a handful of snippets concerned with redistricting reform. For others, the apportionment question is equally interesting. How will 435 House seats be reshuffled among states whose relative populations have changed?
To give credit where credit is due, the Governor isn’t as cocky as he used to be, and recognizes that he and the state legislature need to apply tough fiscal discipline to cut California’s budget rather than merely raising taxes. As Jack Pitney, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, puts it: “He has to either cut spending or raise taxes. Either of those courses is going to be very politically unpopular.” Schwarzenegger has already begun the process of meeting with “leaders and advocates” representing – in his words – “necessary causes” to tell them that they will share in his proposed across-the-board spending cuts despite his personal support for meeting their economic needs.