California pays some the highest taxes on pay and gas in the country. And there are signs voters have had enough.
Voters defeated on Tuesday the largest borrowing proposal in the history of California schools — $15 billion for repairs. And it has led to questions if the state is on the cusp of a 1970s style tax revolt.
It has been a generation since a school bond failed. Voters also rejected more than half of the 237 local tax and bond measures on that ballot.
“There is a sense that California isn’t working,” Claremont McKenna College political scientist Jack Pitney said. When a fresh request came from Sacramento for billions in new debt, voters said: “We’ve been taxed enough.”
Soaring taxes are not the only thing angering residents. The high cost of housing, a costly high-speed rail project and the homelessness crisis in the state’s major cities are also contributing to voter unease.
Others are asking why voters are being asked to pay more taxes at a time when the economy has been strong and the state is rolling up a multibillion-dollar budget surpluses?
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