Proposition 13- Unintended Consequences

July 8, 2008

A recent Field poll of California citizens indicated substantial majorities had a positive view of Proposition 13, the law which severely limits property tax increases except when real estate changes hands.

This poll was like asking people if they would like to see their taxes increase, without pointing out what the additional government revenue might be used for, or what the unintended consequences of Proposition 13 have been. For example, no mention was made of the fact that California now spends less than half of the amount per pupil on its public schools than New Jersey, the California public schools generally have serious problems, and that the shortfall in funding can be traced largely to Proposition 13. Read the rest of this entry »