In 1978, Proposition 13 passed with 65 percent of the vote, and, to the cheers of millions both inside and outside the state, California’s tax revolt was born. 32 years later, the proposition is being blamed for everything from the gridlock in the Legislature to soaring student fees right here at the University of California. And yet, amid growing outcry for reform, Prop 13 remains popular with the electorate: According to a June 2008 poll, 57 percent of Californians would vote for it again. What gives?
Political reporter John Wildermuth examines the challenges of reforming California’s most vexing amendment. Read “Propping Up California’s Budget” in the Fall 2010 issue of California.