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After living in 4 other states, Prop 13 has always seemed a little out of line with reality. People who still support Prop 13 like to say that if Prop 13 hadn't passed, they would have lost their house a long time ago, but they don't know that. One of the things I see Prop 13 doing is artificially pushing up the values of homes in CA over the past 40 years - lower property taxes, in general, do that for home values. Californians want something they don't want to pay for - they want high value homes without higher property taxes. That's like saying, "I want runway clothing at the Walmart price." Homes in CA are WAY out of the norm and just a couple of years ago a comparison in the Union Tribune compared living in CA or living in ID and the only real difference for the bottom line in cost of living was the price of the home - all other comparison evened out, just not the cost of the homes. That says something for the CA real estate bubble, and I believe Prop 13 played a great part in creating the bubble.
And after having my children in a non-traditional charter school for 4 years, I know that having more money spent on a failing education system will not make it better. Belgium spends, on average, $3000 per student and their education system, especially in high school, is far better than ours. The guests mentioned that NJ spends about $6000 per student, but I don't know if they realize that CA spends about $5000 and even more like $5500 on high school students and having an extra $500 or even $1000 will not make our schools better. So, if the basis for repealing Prop 13 is more about "making our schools better", that is ridiculous because schools don't need more money, we need an entirely NEW education system as this hugest of all government monopolies is a massive failure.
February 23, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.
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