New Tax Proposals Unsuccessful in November Election

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, November 12, 2004
The California Taxpayers Association has compiled a list of local tax measures and its overall findings show proposals to extend established taxes were more successful than brand new ones. Sacramento State University Public Policy Professor Bob Waste says timing also plays a part in a tax measure’s success. Cut: Bob2 (:13)’ “What this tells me is that when you have November presidential election years, you’re going to get a lot of voters and you’re more likely to get a tax passed, but when you go out in an off year, it’s going to be a completely different story. While tax measures funding transportation projects had mixed results, Cal Tax says local school bonds met with greater success. Governor Schwarzenegger has pointed to failed tax measures in Los Angeles and San Francisco as reasons not to raise taxes statewide, because he says voters don’t want them. SOC