As Joe Mathews and I point out in our talks about the California Crackup, there’s one silver lining in having America’s most dysfunctional government: You can reliably make things better by taking almost any other government as a model.
That principle works in reverse, too. Other states can assess whether proposed “reforms” will make them more like California.
That’s what the Minneapolis Star Tribune does in this editorial. It reads California Crackup and concludes that proposals to require supermajority vote requirements for legislative action will hurt the state: “With back-room dealmaking thus encouraged and neither party fully in charge, the California Legislature became less accountable to the voters and less able to produce new budgets on time. That’s not a result Minnesota should replicate.”