Californians growing more skeptical of tax hikes

By The Editorial Board

November 21, 2019

If it’s not quite a tax revolt, there are signs that Californians are beginning to view demands for more government revenue with a degree of skepticism.

A new statewide survey from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found less than half of likely voters would say yes to a $15 billion school facilities bond on the March 2020 ballot and an initiative planned for the November ballot that would raise property taxes on commercial and industrial properties.

The school bond has actually declined in support in PPIC’s poll, from 54 percent in September to 48 percent now, despite carrying the undoubtedly poll-tested title, the “Public Preschool, K–12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020.”

If voters are feeling a sense of déjà vu, they may be recalling the five previous school construction bond measures approved since 1998, most recently a $9 billion bond in 2016 to build and renovate K-12 schools and community colleges.

Read more at The Orange County Register

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