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OPINION: Fund election mandates to ensure fair elections statewide

During the budget process the Legislature, famous for passing the buck – or the bill in this case, reviews mandates it has placed on local agencies. By law, Sacramento is required to fund any mandate it imposes on local agencies but when the state’s coffers run dry the Legislature routinely suspends or repeals specific mandates and uses the money for something else. The state currently owes about $1.8 billion dollars to local governments for state mandated programs.