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Propostion 13, 32 Years Later

I have an article in today's Los Angeles Times on California's Proposition 13, the Bunker Hill of a tax revolt that, after 32 years, is still striving for its Yorktown.  It is an abbreviated version of an essay in City Journal's Spring 2010 issue. I'll put up a link here when that becomes available, too.

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With Prop. 13 (1978), property taxes were cut by 2/3rds, but then the state government made the revenue up with the income tax, revenues of which had risen because inflation moved most people into higher brackets. That undercut the main reason for the tax cut, and postponed its resolution until now. (Many people thought they were voting to "cut welfare.") Today local governments are being beggared by the state government. Your article indicates that political parties must take responsiblity and not slough the issue off onto the voters.

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