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.

Economist. Founder and president of the UBI Center. Studied at MIT and UC Berkeley. YIMBY. Former Google data scientist.

Economist. Founder and president of the UBI Center. Studied at MIT and UC Berkeley. YIMBY. Former Google data scientist.