Posts Tagged ‘Proposition 13’

Ending water wars could spark tax wars

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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  Phil Isenberg wants to end California's water wars. The member of the Delta Stewardship Council and its past chair wants to connect the cost of water more closely to its users. According to a report by the California Economic Summit, he points out that the cost of water is about $30 b...

Support for boosting school taxes drops

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

  Proposition 13 still garners broad support across California 36 years after the tax-limitation measure was passed. According to the latest opinion poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California,  support for loosening Prop. 13's two-thirds vote requirement for approving ...

Economist called genius by left backs Prop. 13-style wealth protection

Friday, April 25th, 2014
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It may seem wonky and obscure now, but I bet it's going to emerge as a strong, enduring counterpunch to Proposition 13 critics. I refer to the fact that French economist Thomas Piketty -- the hottest, in the media sense, social scientist of modern times -- thinks that property taxes that rise in tan...

David Crane’s budget ideas spark debate

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Commentary May 22, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi David Crane has come up with a tax reform proposal, “Jerry Brown’s Last Chance to Save California.” A Democrat, he was an economic adviser to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, especially on pensions. Crane wants to change Proposition 13, the land...

Split-roll property tax would hit small business hard

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Feb. 18, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi The attacks on Proposition 13 never seem to end. The 1978 tax-cut initiative's enemies, such as former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, conjure up a misleading image of large corporate owners of commercial real estate dodging taxes by selling commercial properties th...

Willie Brown wants to gut Prop. 13

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Dec. 10, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Willie Brown just reminded us why in 1990 voters passed term limits largely to move him out of his seat as California Assembly-Speaker-for-Life. Brown wrote that Prop. 13 should be reformed by “cleverly” by making “a racehorse look like a donkey.” But Bro...

Prop. 13 ‘split roll’ looms: Karma for Chamber of Commerce?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Nov. 7, 2012 By Chris Reed For years, the California Chamber of Commerce has had a squishy aversion to confrontation and a comfort level with Sacramento's machine politicians that should inflame any small-government conservative. What has this toadying and willingness to fight against constructive...

Beware of lawmakers selling Prop. 13 snake oil

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Dec. 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes Like geese migrating South for the winter, every year a combination of journalists, editorial boards, and “experts” join California's liberal politicians in calling for the repeal of Proposition 13. They can't stand the 1978 ballot initiative which revolutionized t...

Trick or Treat? Proposition 31 is reverse of Prop. 13

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Oct. 29, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The California Taxpayer’s Association spotted a provision in Proposition 31 whose importance no one has noticed until now. It appears to prohibit making any cuts or increases to the state budget of $25 million or more.  In other words, it appears to freeze 99.99...

Why a split-roll property tax is DOA

Monday, June 11th, 2012

June 11, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi A proposed ballot proposition circulating for signatures in California for what is called a “spilt tax roll” is dead on arrival at the ballot box in November 2012 should it gather the necessary 807,614 signatures. (See Item 1560 -- Initiatives Cleared for Circ...