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  •  It takes 2/3 to increase a local (4+ / 0-)
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    CupofJoe, LillithMc, lonespark, laurak

    property tax to support a local school district, fire department, library, etc. Income, sales, and hotel bed taxes can be increased by 51%. These measures fail with support of 60%, 63%, and 65% of the voters every year.

    The playing field is tilted in favor of people & corporations that own real estate, and against wage-earners and consumers.

    Decisions made by a "vote of the people" are good in theory, but the state's initiative system allows millionaires to easily buy enough signatures to put competing/confusing initiatives on the ballot, and then flood the airwaves with enough bushlit to prevent passage.

    Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot. What if Californians could increase a property tax with 51%, but it took 67% to increase a sales tax?

    The property owners would be screaming to give that taxing power back to the legislature.

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 08:35:00 AM PDT

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