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Could a California supermajority fix state finances?

California Governor Jerry Brown (L) speaks as United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (R) looks on during a news conference at the Port of Oakland on July 9, 2012 in Oakland, California.

Along with the Democratic gains at the national level, the election brought some changes to state legislatures. Democrats took control of both houses in Maine, as well as in Minnesota -- Democrats now control all of state government there for the first time in 20 years. Democrats also took back the Houses in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Oregon, and the Senate in New York.

In California, voters may have beefed up Democrats to a two thirds majority in both the Assembly and Senate -- a situation the state hasn't seen since 1933.

John Myers, a longtime political reporter in California and now Political Editor for KXTV in Sacramento tells us what the election results will mean for Californians, the workings of the legislature, and taxes.

About the author

Jeff Horwich is the interim host of Marketplace Morning Report and a sometime-Marketplace reporter.

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