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Democrats Pushing to Limit Prop 13

Democrats in the Cal State Senate are beginning the process of attempting to rein in Proposition 13. The voter-approved measure limits property taxes. But it also requires a two-thirds voter approval for any special tax.

Democrats are pushing six separate Constitutional Amendments that would lower the voter threshold to fifty-five percent. They said Prop 13 deprives the state of billions of dollars in much needed tax revenue.

But Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association said his group is ready to fight to preserve Prop 13 in its current form.

"We already have the highest income tax rate in America," Coupal explained. "We have the highest state sales tax. Even with Prop 13 we rank 14th out of 50 states in per capita property tax collections."

Democratic leaders have signaled a willingness to consider changes to Prop. 13 but they do not appear to be in a hurry to take the measure up this year.

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Avatar for user 'bailarin'

bailarin | May 16, 2013 at 9:33 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

The State of California needs to rein in the retirement package of State employees. Private industry did away with pension and now workers depend on their own tax deferred retirement savings, with insignificant employee matching, and Social Security. The people paying government employees' salaries and retirement benefits are now just trying to cope with stagnant wages and disappearing benefits. Now these free spending politicians want to raise more taxes for their own benefits. I cannot believe government employees retiring on 80% of their pensionable income and quite a few retiring on a six figure annual retirement income. Government employees should be paying into Social Security and Medicare. The opted out of the program so they can fleece the taxpayers.

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wesbaker00 | June 3, 2013 at 12:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

As a state that is addicted to spending and tax increases they need to be cut off. The democratic state lead government already collects the highest taxes in the nation. WOW! How come we keep voting for these people? PBS has jumped on the band wagon by posting this stuff. PBS is paid for by our taxes, and donations are just a bonus for these people. I have not heard anything from PBS supporting prop 13 since the bush administration and Arnold took over. All PBS and democratic super majority state legislator do it try to out prop 13. Please vote responsibly!

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JeanMarc | June 3, 2013 at 3:24 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Yeah increase taxes!! Continue to drive wealth and industry from our state.

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