Bee: Dino Cortopassi was right

His dog wouldn't hunt -- though perhaps it should have. Dino Cortopassi, author of the unsuccessful Prop. 53.

Voters should have passed the wealthy Stockton farmer’s Proposition 53 – the No Blank Checks initiative, the Modesto Bee writes.

It would have given voters a say on capital projects over $2 billion such as the twin tunnels project. Precisely what Gov. Brown and other proponents wanted to avoid.

I gave Cortopassi’s idea a generally good review.

But the editorial board urged a no vote saying, “the $2 billion threshold for a public vote is restrictive.”

The MoBee longs for those restrictions. “Perhaps Cortopassi will revive his “No Blank Checks” proposition,” it writes. “Someone should.”

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