• People voting

    From Roy@21:1/5 to Barry Gold on Sat Jul 22 10:21:09 2023
    Subject change

    On 7/22/2023 10:15 AM, Barry Gold wrote:
    On 7/22/2023 7:15 AM, John Levine wrote:
    While this may sound like a good idea, if you look at the results in
    California, the results have been decidedly mixed. About 50 years ago
    people realized that with sufficiently vigorous and disingenuous
    advertising you can get voters to vote for all sorts of stuff.

    The state has a crazy quilt of laws, some quite pernicious like the
    one that says they can't raise the property tax on a house more than a
    nominal amount except when it's sold, a huge subsidy to old house
    owners at the expense of younger people and tenants.

    Yes. I remember back in the 60s or 70s there was an initiative
    restricting new cable TV installations, effectively protecting the
    existing cable companies from competition. It passed, but the courts
    ruled it unconstitutional for reasons I don't remember.

    Prop 13 is almost as sacrosanct as Social Security. In fact, we keep expanding it. In 1986, Prop. 58 allowed homeowners to transfer their
    property to their children without triggering a reassessment, and prop.
    60 allowed homeowners to transfer their assessed value to a replacement
    home if the new home has equal or lesser value and is in the same county.

    And in 1988, Prop. 90 expanded Prop. 58 to people moving to another
    county *if* the incoming county allows it. 1996 Prop. 193 allows people
    to transfer property to their _grand_children, including both their
    primary residence and up to $1million of other property.

    And then there was Proposition 8, which amended the CA Constitution to
    define marriage as only between a man and a woman. That was eventually overturned by Obergefell v. Hodges.

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