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A signature-gathering drive received a $2 million boost today in its bid to place before voters a constitutional amendment that would require the state to transition to a two-year, performance-based budget cycle and make numerous other changes.

The initiative campaign reported a $1.2 million contribution from an institute of billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen and an $883,567 donation from California Forward, a nonprofit government reform group, secretary of state records show.

The money was contributed to a newly formed committee that is bankrolling the effort to collect 807,615 signatures by May 29 to place the initiative on the November statewide ballot.

Other elements of the measure would require major new programs to have clearly identified funding sources before they are enacted; require proposed laws to be released three days prior to a legislative vote; and require state programs to be reviewed at least once every five years for effectiveness.


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