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California’s New Tax Revolt? Many Bonds,
Local Tax Measures Fail At Ballot Box

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 3/12/2020 9:29:10 AM

SACRAMENTO — Everyone knows that living in California comes with a price: Its residents pay some of the nation’s highest taxes on the money they earn, the gas they pump and the clothes they wear. But for the moment, at least, it appears voters have had enough. The defeat Tuesday of the largest borrowing proposal in the history of California schools — $15 billion for repairs — has opened the question of whether Californian voters put a temporary halt to the growth of government debt because of the unsettled political scene, or because they are on the cusp of a

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Overtaxed residents are finally getting fed up.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Strike3 3/12/2020 9:48:03 AM (No. 343941)
“There is a sense that California isn’t working,” Guess what, it isn't. Tens of thousands of people have left the state for that very reason. Shocker, running out of OPM and blaming it on "confusion" on the part of taxpayers. They knew exactly what they were doing and finally said "No."
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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1 3/12/2020 9:51:11 AM (No. 343945)
Like commies everywhere, including Washington, D.C., they'll just judge-shop for a judge to 'deem it passed'.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232 3/12/2020 9:54:00 AM (No. 343948)
I remember an LA ballot proposition in the 90's to raise property taxes to raise over a billion for a 911 call center. California voters have one thing in their favor. The government is/was required to mail out to every voter information on what the proposition is. In this case, they had no cost estimates for the call center and the fine print said that the funds raised, may or may not be used for the purpose intended. The proposition failed every time they put it out for a vote. Californians may be largely liberal, but they dont like it when the government reaches into their back pockets. Its an entirely different story when the government reaches into someone else's back pocket.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 3/12/2020 10:00:47 AM (No. 343958)
Hire leftist incompetents and let them run rampant, and they'll run you into the leftist ditch every time.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 3/12/2020 10:26:39 AM (No. 343999)
They thought they were so smart putting these on the primary ballot when only Democrats and no Republicans would need to come out and vote. Too bad the left had no good choices but the Trump voters did vote.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: HotRod 3/12/2020 10:58:37 AM (No. 344042)
FTA: ''Everyone knows that living in California comes with a price: Its residents pay some of the nation’s highest taxes on the money they earn, the gas they pump and the clothes they wear.'' Not only that, but residents must put up with wacky legislation, restriction of freedoms, tolerance of homelessness, illegal immigration, insufferable bureaucracies, and so much more. The rational Californians are so outnumbered that they have no alternative, except to flee. The democrats have rigged the political system so thoroughly that only catastrophe could overcome it. Having lived in and enjoyed the rural area of California, many years ago, I am saddened by what the progressives have done to the state.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: earlybird 3/12/2020 11:12:26 AM (No. 344066)
When they start talking open ended bonds for “school repairs” and the fine print talks of the schools having been built ‘way back in the 1980s and 1990s, mostly in “minority” areas, that brings out the No voters like crazy. We went to schools in old — really old - buildings in California. They were in cities like Pasadena, hardly a backwater, and they had no air conditioning, heating was provided by radiators, fresh air circulated via hallway transoms or open windows. The buildings were maintained by janitors. And the students did not destroy the property, restrooms, etc. So the buildings that housed us eons ago, already old, are still in full use today. If the schools in the minority areas - especially their restrooms - are wearing out, someone should be taking a very hard look at those who use them.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: VirtuDawg 3/12/2020 11:39:53 AM (No. 344100)
I voted against Prop 13 because of my reasonable concern that Gavin Newsome would then divert public education dollars -- basically then a zero sum game for education in California -- to his other pet projects, such as health care for illegal immigrants, the high speed train to nowhere, "climate change," etc.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Starboard_side 3/12/2020 12:06:41 PM (No. 344114)
California's heyday is far behind it when growth, and opportunity were rampant. When schools used to be top-rated. This is when Republicans were in charge, mostly. The problem in California is they promised so many union folks massive pension and medical perks that are now underfunded by tens of billions of dollars. And, they are FIRST obligations, which means they are to be paid before any other public expenditures, which is squeezing the multitude of other program funding. Thus, they need more from those who are there to fund the pension program which is now seeing a massive growth in six-figure pension payouts - imagine you are making over $100,000 per year as a pension, and they still gripe about not getting social security. But, government is nothing more than a non-profit which means they use all the funds in every given year, then figure out how much they need to keep things going another year, plus a significant increase in the previous year's funding. It's never enough, ever. Sadly, they wanted money to upgrade schools, but shouldn't they have set aside money for maintenance long ago?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: tom7 3/12/2020 1:01:15 PM (No. 344181)
The Dem politicians don't care how people vote - they just want to make sure that their people are doing the counting. Even the counts don't make that much difference, since the politicians are going to do whatever they want anyway. Welcome to Mexifornia.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 3/12/2020 4:44:29 PM (No. 344378)
Perhaps more Californians moving over to the "less government" and "don't trust government" side? I hope so, long overdue, and I'd love to welcome California as at least a purple state, but better still, a Republican state. I can dream, can't I?
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