Posts Tagged ‘Proposition 13’

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...

California voters OK 63% of tax measures

Friday, June 8th, 2012

June 8, 2012 By Chriss Street Local voters approved 63 percent -- or 55 of the 87 -- local tax, bond or fee measures on the June 5, 2012 California primary ballot, according to Michael Coleman, the creator of CaliforniaCityFinance.com. Majority vote measures fared much better than supermajority vo...

Revving Up Higher Property Taxes

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

MARCH 20, 2012 By KATY GRIMES Every year the Legislature attempts to rewrite Proposition 13, the 1978 ballot initiative that successfully returned property value assessments to 1975 levels, limited property taxes to 1 percent of assessed valuation and capped annual property tax increases to 2 per...

California Faces Decisive 2012

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

BY JOHN SEILER JAN. 4, 2012 It's fun to gloat about our great weather when calling freezing relatives Back East on New Year's Day. And some good things are keeping the sun shining this year. Silicon Valley's global technology dominance will continue in 2012. Despite the foolishness of the state, ...