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Proposition 13: A Look Back

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Video published February 23, 2010 | Download MP4 | View transcript

Above: In 1978 disco was king, Jerry Brown was governor and the people ruled. They voted 2 to 1 in favor of Proposition 13, rolling back property taxes.

KPBS is examining the legacy of Prop 13 -- the 1978 proposition that rolled back property taxes, capped them at 1 percent of purchase price, and limited yearly increases to 2 percent. In this video, producer Andy Trimlett describes the set of circumstances that lead up to the anti-tax movement that would forever change taxation in California. The initiative was successful at stopping rising property taxes, but was it the beginning of California's economic crisis? Find out as the series begins here on, FM 89.5, and KPBS Television. The final documentary airs Monday, March 29th at 9 pm.

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