Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Don't Blame Proposition 13

I have maintained for years that people blaming California's broken state government on Proposition 13 were flat wrong.  We don't have a taxation crisis in California, we have a spending crisis.  Our legislature never wants to cut any government program, and Californians evidently have never met a bond measure that they would not approve.

A new article by William Voegeli, Don't Blame Proposition 13,  confirms everything I have maintained about the effect Proposition 13 had on state government: the root of our problems lies elsewhere.  My favorite quote:

Property-tax revenues in the state have increased from $4.9 billion to $47 billion in the 30 years since Proposition 13. Adjust those figures for inflation and population growth, and property-tax revenues in California were 87 percent higher in 2009 than they were in 1979, chiefly because of rising property values.

No comments: