I have read recently about propositions in California. I know it is where they take a direct vote to the citizens but why haven't I heard of such a thing where I live in the Midwest? The only item we typically vote on is politicians who then do all the law-making themselves. How did this difference come about that West has propositions and the rest of the country doesn't? Would it be hard to start that process for a state that doesn't have it?
A second question is why does California have the highest taxes but the largest deficit? Is it just poor money management or is there something deeper?