Proposition 13: Same Song, Different Decade

More than 42 years ago, California voters overwhelmingly enacted Proposition 13 in response to out-of-control property taxes.

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Even with the passage of time, Prop. 13 remains very popular among citizens of all political stripes.

Nonetheless, many politicians and bureaucrats hate Prop. 13 because it prevents them from taking unlimited cash from the taxpaying public.

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In response to Prop. 13’s passage, these tax-and-spend interests retaliated by trying to create loopholes in Prop. 13 to bypass voter-approved taxpayer protections and provisions enforcing more government accountability. This has necessitated additional taxpayer protection laws to close these loopholes via more recent initiatives such as Proposition 218 (1996), also known as the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, and Proposition 26 (2010) which sought to stop taxes from escaping limitation by calling them “fees.”

In this tug of war between taxpayers and government interests, the latter has been aided by an increasingly progressive California judiciary which, in a number of recent decisions, demonstrates open hostility to taxpayers. As just one example, Prop. 13’s long-standing requirement that a local special tax receive a two-thirds vote of the electorate has been virtually destroyed by the infamous Upland decision which gave tax-and-spend interests a template on how to impose new taxes that, for 40 years, were illegal.

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  1. I’m proud to say I voted for Prop 13. The scum sucking politicians have a voracious appetite for spending other peoples money and will continue to attempt to crush Prop 13 and anything that inhibits their ability to steal from the taxpayers.

  2. Richard Cathcart says

    I, too, am proud to say I voted for Proposition 13 in 1978. Corruption of the Judiciary, which has progressed fast during the Democrat Party’s supra-majority era, makes legalistic protection of Amendment 13 only a slight speed-bump for money-spender professional politicians. So, obviously, some additional means to protect taxpayers is needed to reinforce the effectivity of Amendment 13 and to successfully head-off those monsters in Sacramento. Perhaps Mr. Jon Coupal ought to organize some kind of public/expert meeting to devise new strategies to counter-act the successes of California’s in-State and out-of-State Elitists?

  3. Dr. Alvin Holliman says

    California citizens/voters need all of the referendum support we can muster. The Democrat totalitarian regime which now exists in DC as well, must be stopped but we cannot depend on legislators to work in our best interests. The opposite is true – they work to destroy us in order to enable their power grabs and wealth diversion to leftist cronies, using lies/propaganda to scare voters into submission, such as the media assault on Larry Elder during the recall campaign – watch out because something really bad will be forthcoming before November – the Dems know they are in trouble, be assured, they are cooking up a few other crises to cement continued power via lies and scare tactics (right out of Nazi Germany and Russia today). We need referendums to reduce the income tax (the state’s 26.9 billion surplus equates to the current total number of tax receipts by taxpayers with $100,000 per year in taxable income or less – check out the LAO report), but oh no, Newscum allocated $20 billion more to his climate change wealth transfer scheme (by the way, per the CARB, 80% of all carbon emissions come from diesel semi-trucks but no money is even spent in this area). We need five initiatives – 1. cut the gas tax in half; 2. eliminate the application of cap-and-trade to oil companies (another hidden tax); 3. Eliminate the high-speed-rail project, and leave the existing incomplete portions as a lasting memorial to failed/corrupt leftist policy makers; 4. Cut income tax rates in half for all taxpayers making $150,000 per year or less; and 5. re-secure Prop 13.

  4. I hope the problem with Proposition 13 will be solved sooner or later! But knowing our politicians, you have to rely only on yourself, it’s a shame

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