Tax revolt? What tax revolt?

May 26, 2009

It is hilarious that some are trying to position last weeks’s budget proposition defeats as a ‘tax revolt’.  Certainly some people voted no to keep their taxes put, but just as many on the left voted NO because we saw them as totally inadequate solutions, the proverbial kicking of the can down the road (and not very far at that).

I didn’t vote.  I knew they were all going down so didn’t bother.  But I have to confess I had to restrain myself: For a while I intended to vote YES just from listening to all the Howard Jarvis anti-tax commercials.

We need a real solution.  That’s why I support an end to the 2/3 rule, and I’m glad about the possibility of a constitutional convention next year that would address the complete un-governability of the state.

4 Responses to “Tax revolt? What tax revolt?”

  1. chuckbert Says:

    Possibly, but as an outsider in American politics, what I don’t understand is why a referendum is even needed.

    Isn’t the point of electing officials so they can handle these situations using their skills and leadership? In most countries, Arnie would’ve just implemented all propositions, and if the people didn’t like it they could vote him out at the end of hos term.

    Seems inefficient and messy to me. What makes Joe Blogs think he knows more about economics than economists advising ‘The Governator’?

  2. iDEA Desk Says:

    Californians are angry! We believe California’s system of government is fundamentally broken. Our prisons overflow, our water system teeters on collapse, our once proud schools are criminally poor, our financing system is bankrupt, our democracy produces ideologically-extreme legislators that can pass neither budget nor reforms, and we have no recourse in the system to right these wrongs. It’s time to get involved

  3. maristi Says:

    chuckbert, the governor definitely has displayed zero leadership, but the main problem is that the large Democratic majority in the legislature has its hands tied because the 2/3 rule means taxes and fees cannot be raised or added with less than 66% support, and the Republican minority is just barely big enough to prevent that.

    Combine that with the fact that our property taxes were frozen at a ridiculously low rate by Proposition 13 (about 0.48% which ranks as the 5th lowest, about a third what they pay in Texas)

    So what you get is a progressive state whose population overwhelmingly supports environmental protections, social safety nets, quality education, infrastructure investment, etc. but a tax system fit for Mississippi (which provides none of those).

  4. still thinking of one Says:

    you are looking at the wrong column on your chart when evaluating Prop 13. 0.48% of property value is simply a testament of how inflated California house prices are relative to what Californians earn. The column you should look at is % of income (3.17%) which is a representation of the actual tax burden on actual people. The number 17th highest. I suppose for a state with the highest income tax, highest sales tax, and 2nd highest corporate tax it is “ridiculously low”. We should be #1 in every category! 😉

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