Professor Elmendorf Publishes Op-ed in SF Chronicle
Professor Christopher Elmendorf has published "Let Californians vote on 2 budgets-1 red, 1 blue," an op-ed regarding a proposed public ballot on Governor Jerry Brown's state budget-in the San Francisco Chronicle. Co-authored with UC Hastings Professor Ethan J. Leib, the article proposes that rather than block the governor's plan to put his budget-balancing proposal to a popular vote, Republicans should put their own proposal on the ballot as well, and both Democrats and Republicans should commit to adopt whichever proposal prevails.
"We think there is a way forward that honors Brown's welcome efforts- and the American tradition of two-party politics," the article states. "Gov. Brown and the Democratic leadership should make this pledge to California Republicans: If your legislative leaders produce a credible alternative to the Brown budget - one which, in the opinion of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, does an equally good job of balancing the budget without relying on accounting gimmicks and one-time sources of revenue - we will support a bill to put both budgets to a vote of the people. Whichever budget wins more popular support would be adopted."
Professor Elmendorf's varied teaching and research interests include election law, administrative law, constitutional law, and property and natural resources law.