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November 2, 2011 California Commentary .€ An Insatiable Appetite For Taxpayer Dollars by Jon Coupal Halloween is almost here and like a hoard of ravenous zombies, the politicians, the bureaucrats and government employee union bosses shamble along groaning "more, more" -- more taxpayer dollars, that is. They are accompanied by ghoulish cadre of minions including the occasional academic from a taxpayer supported institution and a handful of left-wing think tanks, followed by a gaggle of columnists and reporters who long ago abandoned objectivity when writing about Proposition 13. But the zombie army with its insatiable appetite for other people's money is being held in check by the general public's overwhelming support for Proposition 13, with its limitations on annual property tax increases and its mandate that new state taxes be approved by a two- thirds vote of the Legislature. A September Field Poll reveals that Proposition 13 enjoys the same or a greater level of support than it received when it was passed by a nearly two-thirds vote 33 years ago. The resoonse by the minority with the great hunger for tax dollars has been to launch even more desperate and shrill attacks on Proposition 13. In the last week we saw one opinion piece, disguised as a news article, that parrots the arguments made by those who would repeal Proposition 13's protections for taxpayers. The story, appearing in Bloomberg News, repeats the canard that Proposition 13 is responsible for California's decline in educational excellence• Nowhere does it mention that the California Supreme Court ruled in 1971, seven years before the passage of Proposition 13, that property tax revenue could no longer be used as the basis of education that these improvements trigger an upward reassessment. The article repeats charges that corporations are gaming the system by not reporting changes in ownership that would trigger reassessment to market value under Proposition 13. Yet the example provided as proof, a Santa Monica beach front hotel, actually reports that the Assessment Appeals Board ruled against the hotel owners and they are now compelled to pay taxes based on change of ownership. No gaming the system here. The article quotes an assistant school superintendent as saying funding is a "nightmare" -- again nothing to do with Proposition 13, as education funding is provided by the Legislature -- but nowhere is the "nightmare" for homeowners, many of whom were losing their homes to the tax collector prior to Proposition 13, described. Then there is State Senator Kevin deLeon, who is given space in the Los Angeles Times to campaign for the elimination of the two-thirds vote for tax increases imposed by the Legislature, that is a requirement of Proposition 13. The senator makes the absurd claim that voters are clamoring for higher taxes, but they are thwarted by a "tyrannical minority." But when the voters are actually asked if they want higher taxes, they repeatedly vote no. In fact, in 2009 voters rejected by nearly 2-1 a $16 billion tax extension proposal that deLeon still wants to impose. California voters have rejected every statewide tax ncrease proposal on the ballot since November of 2004. Relying on urban myths, the underlying assumption in both Palmeri's and deLeon's pieces is that Californians are under taxed• But voters in this state know Reduced funding. Also unmentioned is better. We rank 6th in overall tax that in inflation adjusted dollarsf b0rden relative to other states, California now spends 30% more per student than it did prior to the passage of Proposition 13. Moreover, the same slanted piece of journalism regurgitated the favorite theme of the "progressive left," that business is not paying its "fair share" under Proposition 13. Why don't we read that when taken as a class, business properties have been assessed at closer to market value than residential properties? This is due to the fact that business properties are improved more frequently and have the highest state sales tax rate, have the highest gas tax and, even with Proposition 13, we rank 14th out of 50 in per capita property tax collections. In addition to being an indisputably high tax state, our economic woes are compounded by the fact that we have the highest paid public employees in all 50 states, we repeatedly rank dead last as a place to do business due to high taxes and suffocating regulations, and our Democrat Governor and Legislature are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Kaaren Terry Janet astil Carte St. Andre Sheryll Strickland John "Merlei" Cassell cell 619-417-o481 cell 76o-445-1829 cell 619-922-9687 eell 76o-6o4-2226 cell 76o-315-(314 Weekly SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 3 8 7 9 3 4 8 5 2 9 2 4 7 4 5 6 1 6 3 1 5 3 6 3 7 4 8 2 -9 1 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * * Moderate ** Challenging ** * Hoe BOY! © 2011 King Features Syno., Inc. 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REDUCED to $175K ., ,, . ~ Both lots at a discounted rate of $320K J government employees unions• Halloweens come and go, but sadly, Sacramento's tax increase zombies remain in place• That, more than anything, is why California voters have rejected the last several proposed statewide tax increases and why there is a nearly universal cry to "Leave Prop 13 Alone!" Jon Coupal ts president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. _00';trange • It was 20th-century Canadian-American economist John Kenneth Galbraith who made the following sage observation: "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need todd so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." • The original jack-o'-Ianterns were turnips, not pumpkins. 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