I’ve been critical of California’s Proposition 13 because of its progressive nature. It penalizes immigrants and younger families to favor older, wealthier nativists. Howard Jarvis’ intent was to stop the California’s Legislature from its runaway spending; the Legislature did no such thing. In fact, the California Legislature has increased spending, over the past 31 years, in spite of the intended purpose of Proposition 13.
As much as I think Proposition 13 is bad public policy, I’m glad it’s on the books. The inevitable bankruptcy of California will cause its citizenry to take a hard look at the cost of the Great Social Experiment its Legislature pursued. Jeff Brown and Sean Purcell are subject to my cautionary warnings that the wealth-eating zombies in Sacramento won’t stand for their citizens’ impudence; I believed that one of those ghouls would try to repeal Proposition 13, citing its’ progressive nature. I was wrong; they hired a henchman.
Meet San Francisco Recorder-Assessor Phil Ting; he wants to change Proposition 13. Phil Ting is spinning his attack on Proposition 13 as corporate welfare. Ting claims that Proposition 13 unfairly benefits commercial property owners at the expense of residential property owners:
Paradoxical to the law’s initial intent, the commercial property loopholes in Proposition 13 have actually shifted theaway from corporations and onto the backs of residential
For example, look atwhere I currently serve as assessor- recorder. Thirty years ago, commercial contributed 59 percent of revenues and residential contributed 41 percent. Today, we see a virtual flip: commercial contributed just 43 percent of in 2008, while residential contributed 57 percent.
Sounds reasonable, right? Bear in mind that Ting called the Catholic Church a tax deadbeat for reapportioning its parish properties to local control, a measure all California Catholic Dioceses are enacting. This politically-motivated measure was payback for the Church’s involvement in a ballot initiative this past November. Ting’s the perfect hired gunslinger for the California Left.
Liberal, spend and try-to-tax legislators are trying desperately to figure out how to circumvent the will of California voters so that they can maintain The Great Social Experiment; Phil Ting’s their cowboy.
California is so broke its issuing its own currency . We have two options in the Golden State: cut expenses or raise revenues. Look for more politicians to jump on Ting’s bandwagon and try to repeal Proposition 13 to fill up the coffers.
” Repeal Prop 13 or file Chapter 13 ! ” will be their rallying cry. I’m voting for the latter.10 comments