Proposition 30: How did we get here?

Proposition 30 is Governor Gov. Jerry Brown’s last ditch strategy to solve the so-called tax problem in California. But how did we get here? Proposition 30 in 2012 goes back to 1978, when the same Jerry Brown was governor and running for a second term.

In June 1978, when the property-tax cutting Proposition 13 passed, the State of California had a $5 billion surplus.  In today’s money, that 1978 surplus would be a $17 billion surplus.

Proposition 13 reduced local revenues, leading local governments to ask Brown (and the State Legislature) to bail out local entities like school districts.

If Brown, in 1978, has been a leader in property-tax reform, there would have been no Proposition 13, no $5 billion surplus in 1978, and no demands by local governments to have the State bail out local school districts.

Now, 34 years after 1978, Brown wants taxpayers to come up with more money. It’s time to get Sacramento out of local financial matters. Local government should not have to depend on Sacramento for money. Remember, Sacramento has no money to give to local governments because Sacramento wastes money on outrageous state-worker pensions, overpaid prison guards and other overpaid state workers, unneeded bullet trains, and unnecessary water projects.

It’s time for a new governor and a new State Legislature. It’s also time for California to put a cap on spending and on taxes.