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California Shows Voters Tiring of Proposition 13 Legacy

With the passage of the first voter-backed statewide tax increase in eight years, Californians sent a clear signal they are tired of failing schools, gridlocked roads and the deterioration over the past decade of the state’s reputation as a standard bearer.

They approved Proposition 30, 54 percent to 46 percent, taking a step away from the legacy of Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that launched a national anti-tax revolt by capping property levies. That measure prompted cuts that reduced per-pupil school spending in California to 35th nationally from seventh and saddled the world’s ninth-largest economy with the country’s highest debt and lowest credit rating.