Thursday, June 06, 2013

The Benefit and the Burden

"By 1983, it was apparent that a huge shift in power resulted from Prop 13. More local funding decisions were made in Sacramento, as the state government picked up responsibilities that could no longer be financed at the local level because the property tax was the principal revenue source for local governments.
"On the 25th anniversary of Prop 13 in 2003, William Fulton and Paul Shigley, editors of the California Planning & Development Report, asserted that Californians had lost a great deal of control over their local governments as a consequence."

Bruce Bartlett at The New York Times looks back at Proposition 13, thirty-five years later.

As does Kevin Drum at Mother Jones.

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