Article posted in Mercury News on 8/30/2008

December 9, 2008

Opinion: Proposition 13 has caused many problems

By JAMES U. HALL and JOHN E. UPTON
Special to the Mercury News

Article Launched: 08/30/2008 08:40:46 PM PDT

A recent Field poll of Californians indicated substantial majorities had a positive view of Proposition 13, the law that 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.

No mention was made that California now spends less than half of the amount per pupil on its public schools than New Jersey. The shortfall in funding can be traced largely to Proposition 13. Read the rest of this entry »

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