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  •  Prop 13 (1+ / 0-)
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    lets you ignore the cost to society of continuing to live where you live, and strangles the government's funding at the same time. It helps (along with dirt-cheap credit) to inflate property values to absolutely ludicrous levels while punishing first-time homebuyers. In theory it increases the availability of rental property, but also the demand for it (as many more people can't or shouldn't buy homes).

    There are many problems that can crop up with property taxes, including unfair burdens and assessment errors. Prop 13 is a shotgun "fix" to these that causes more problems than it solves.

    Re: the gerrymander, if it wasn't for that, Dems could have several more house seats in PA (#6 and #18 come to mind). My alma mater was involved in an illegal scheme to use resources paid for with state funding to run the gerrymandering simulations so I know a little bit about it.

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