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A leading California think tank on Thursday rolled out its latest ballot proposal to tackle the Golden State's fiscal and governance woes.

The list of fixes endorsed by California Forward includes shifting to a two-year budget and curbing last-minute legislative amendments by requiring that all bills are made available to the public at least three days before final passage.

The political arm of the foundation-funded nonpartisan group filed paperwork Thursday to place its full proposal on the 2012 ballot through a constitutional amendment.

"It's really about figuring out steps that we can take to ensure that government is delivering results in a transparent and accountable way," Zabrae Valentine, executive director of the California Forward Action Fund, said of the plan.

The initiative proposal would also mandate "performance-based budgeting," requiring departments to provide lawmakers with goals, performance measures, target outcomes and require that a funding source is identified for any new program or tax cut expected to cost more than $25 million.

California Forward, led by former legislators, political consultants and business leaders, has tried to overhaul government before, both through the ballot and the Legislature.

Valentine said while it is "not going to be easy," she believes the organization will be able to raise the funds necessary to put its ideas in front of voters in 2012.

Once the constitutional amendment language is cleared by the attorney general's office, supporters will have 150 days to collect the 807,615 valid voter signatures needed to qualify for the November election.

See the full language of the measure here.


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