I’m sympathetic to your perspective, especially as a devoted hater of Prop 13 (I support much higher taxes on land, the most efficient tax base). But 13 seems like an especially egregious case, which is near-impossible to overturn because it’s such a massive tax cut to the wealthy older homeowners, a reliable voting bloc. It’s not clear to me that a more typical ballot prop would be so permanent (importantly, more permanent than normal legislation); indeed, both 58 and 67 overturn past propositions.

In any case, I‘m still mulling these over, and appreciate your piece as a data point.

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