LOS ANGELES - Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assemblymembers Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) to increase the fee required to submit a ballot initiative from $200 to $2,000. Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement in response:
Pity that, like the poll tax, it diminishes access to democracy without putting any noticeable dent in the number of vile initiatives.
The haters, funded by deep divide-and-rule pockets like the Kochs', can continue to put initiatives on the ballot. But proles, with only the money from our own pockets, will find putting initiatives harder.
A good public-interest law would be one that makes initiatives that pass Rawls's test post free, but those that would increase inequality require a $10K or even $25K fee.
Rawlsian fairness would certainly be in the public interest.