INITIATIVE REFORMS LIKELY TO BUILD CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT, TRUST IN GOVERNMENT

From Public Policy Intitute of California:

A report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) recommends three steps to improve the initiative process—steps that reflect both Californians’ desire to continue making laws at the ballot box and their criticisms of the system. These policy changes would connect the legislative and initiative processes, increase disclosure of initiative funders, and reengage citizens in the initiative process.

The changes could have far-reaching consequences, says report author Mark Baldassare, PPIC’s president and CEO.

“These reforms are likely to have an impact beyond the initiative process,” he said. “They hold considerable promise for increasing citizen engagement, encouraging voter participation, and building trust in state government.”

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