by Marty Lich
Remember California’s “Taxpayers Revolt” – a true success story – and now Colorado’s electoral chance for the same with November’s Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 on our ballots?
California’s voters passed Proposition 13, which did pass overwhelming (1978) and as a result the state of California’s budget climbed…and climbed and climbed. For decades. You aren’t told that by the media, by California’s state government, or by California’s Public Schools.
Prior to California’s1978 ‘taxpayer revolt’ passing, various government entities warned of the ‘doom and gloom’ that would result should it pass. I sat and listened to a California County director point out, one by one, every person that would lose their job if residents voted for Proposition 13. Proposition 13 passed anyway. Make note of this; no one lost their jobs.
So who opposed Proposition 13 perhaps the loudest and still does? The answer may surprise you. And then again, maybe not.
The answer? California’s Public Schools.
If you Google Proposition 13, these are the types of headlines that pop up. THE TAX REVOLT THAT WRECKED CALIFORNIA schools, services…
And the National Public Radio news segment- Proposition 13 ‘drained the California Public school system of money’.
- So ’tis time for a California tax dollars Reality Check -
After Proposition 13 passed, the State of California made huge financial gains, not losses. I suppose that explains why none of the California’s County employees lost their jobs.
And if you doubt my words, read The Cato Institute report. (Click Here) The Cato institute is a policy research foundation located in Washington, DC. They are not state or political party agenda organization. They are a financial-based nation-wide research foundation.
‘In the 10 years after the passage of Proposition 13, incomes in California grew 50 percent faster than in the nation as a whole; jobs grew at twice the national pace. Even supporters of Proposition 13 never envisioned that it would unleash the spectacular entrepreneurial and commercial explosion that it did over the next decade.’
In fact, all California state tax coffers climbed as Californians incomes went up. A full 75% increase. That is what Proposition 13 did for the residents there. This ‘Taxpayers Revolt’ is a success story, not a fiscal horror story of nightmarish proportions.
- So what did break California’s piggy bank? -
In large part, ever-increasing usage via a growing population of the following three California taxpayer-funded programs.
* Public Schools
* Public Prisons
* Public Health Care
And who represents the large and growing population of said items above?
Read on-courtesy of the Los Angeles Times investigative report.
- California officials, extremely generous with tax dollars in the past, are trying to find a way to eliminate welfare payments to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants.
- California has roughly 2.7 million illegal residents. State officials estimate that they add between $4 billion and $6 billion (annually) in costs.
The Los Angeles Times based its report on collected data from the State of California and the non-partisan Pew Hispanic Report:
Putting this in simple terminology, California is a welfare sanctuary state.
The bottom line is, Proposition 13 is a financial success story and Colorado Amendments 60, 61 and proposition 101 will be a success story too. ‘Proposition 13 has been successful at what it promised to do. It prevented people from being taxed out of their homes and for the first time gave taxpayers a measure of certainty over their taxes’ wrote Joel Fox, former Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association president.
The same promise is written in Amendment 60, 61 and Proposition 101.
A promise of control over government spending and prevention of being taxed out of our homes. Families are losing their homes in Eagle County and the numbers are growing at an alarming rate.
Voting yes on Colorado Amendment 60, Amendment 61, and Proposition 101 gives you, the taxpayer, the right to designate who gets what money of yours to spend.
And that is just the facts ma’am.
Respectfully submitted for your review,
* Authors note: If taxpayers read the above to mean legalizing Illegal aliens under a Comprehensive Immigration Reform program will decrease
our tax costs and increase tax monies, it won’t. Due to legal status, they will qualify for more, not less, public aid if they, the newly legalized residents are of low-income status.
It was true back then with President Bush and it is true today with President Obama.
“Proposition 101 and Amendments 60 and 61 – What to do in 2010?… practical steps that governments may choose to take between now and November 2010…” Sherman & Howard L.L.C, February 16, 2010
“California’s answer to our cost of living” Marty Lich, April 24, 2008
“Come one, come all! Colorado Loves YOU!” Marty Lich, March 5, 2009
“Proposition 13: A Look Back” May 10, 2006
“Proposition 13 Then, Now and Forever” July 30, 1998
“Deficit may trigger anti-illegal immigration ballot measure” July 10, 2009