Ammiano reviving Prop. 13 reform

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Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is trying to put property-tax reform back on the California agenda. He's introducing a measure that would call for taxing commercial and residential property at different rates -- which would involve a significant change to Prop. 13. It's been tried before, and big business interests have always managed to shoot it down, but as Ammiano puts it, these are different times:

“For over thirty years, Proposition 13 has allowed corporate landowners to benefit from tax loopholes while shifting the real tax burden to individual homeowners and reducing California's tax base. “We cannot continue to cut funding from our schools, our parks and our vital human services without addressing the need for new revenue and an equitable tax system.  Reforming Proposition 13 will not solve all of the state’s budget problems but it’s a crucial step in the right direction.”

 It's not exactly clear at this point what form the legislation will take; it might be a resolution followed by a Constitutional amendment. And I don't think even Ammiano believes that both houses of the Legislature will happily vote to make big commercial property owners pay their fair share of the state's tax burden. But it's worth talking about, worth pushing, worth reminding people that one of the reasons the state is so broke is that the property tax system is frozen in time, a legacy of a very different era in California.For over thirty years, Proposition 13 has allowed corporate landowners to benefit from tax loopholes while shifting the real tax burden to individual homeowners and reducing California's tax base.  We cannot continue to cut funding from our schools, our parks and our vital human services without addressing the need for new revenue and an equitable tax system.  Reforming Proposition 13 will not solve all of the state’s budget problems but it’s a crucial step in the right direction."

 

And a split roll is probably the only way to amend Prop. 13 at this point, since so many homeowners are so happy with it.

 

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“We cannot continue to cut funding from our schools, our parks and our vital human services without addressing the need for new revenue and an equitable tax system. Reforming Proposition 13 will not solve all of the state’s budget problems but it’s a crucial step in the right direction.”

Ammiano votes for every special interest's program and then complains money is being cut from the schools?

Democrats like Ammiano want to open the borders and give the welfare store away to the world, while driving down wages, while raising taxes to support his SEIU masters?

Comical.

Posted by glen matlock on Feb. 17, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

What Ammiano wants to do is raise taxes on the people who have made out like bandits from Prop. 13, so that we can afford to fund programs without the state going broke. He's honest about what he's doing -- he wants to spend on programs he considers worthwhile, and he's willing to raise taxes to do it.

That makes him exceptional in Sacramento -- agree with him or not, he's not feeding you a line of crap that we can continue on in our ways without either major, unpopular cuts or tax increases.

Posted by tim on Feb. 17, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

No, he is feeding me a line of crap.

He wants to drive the cost of everything up by constantly raising taxes, while driving down wages with his immigration and tax schemes, to make up for the driven down wages and high unemployment he wants to create more social spending.

I know everything comes down to class and status, somehow.

Posted by glen matlock on Feb. 18, 2010 @ 10:06 am

to a lot of excuse-artistry and mis-direction, if we're to take your comment seriously! What on earth does any of that have to do with the corporate welfare scheme known as Prop 13? Just another crotchety old "straw-man"..which I'm afraid is exactly what you sound like. Shame on you!

Posted by Lily on Apr. 20, 2010 @ 7:49 pm
Posted by Guest on Feb. 18, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

Posted by Guest says

" Close the Prop. 13 Loophole

Check out www.closetheloophole.com and http://www.facebook.com/closetheloophole "

Do liberals still try and claim George Orwell? Close the loophole, har,

Posted by glen matlock on Feb. 19, 2010 @ 11:59 am

big busness ie corprations have been getting the same tax break as the elderly on fixed incomes strugling to remain in their homes. Corprations now can infulunce elections with loads of cash and use our concern for the plight of the eldery to cut their taxes corprations are not on fixed incomes but matianing security, roads,and schools should be in their intrest so people can purchase their products but the working poor can pay the taxes why treat mega corprations diffrent from your grand mother afer all some day when your old you will be a mega corpration to

Posted by Guest jtwright on Feb. 21, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

A Tax Loophole is where by some means a taxpayer still has some of his money that has not been confiscated by the politicians and tax collectors. Here's a tax everyone can support: Tax California Politicians 2x the increase of any new tax increase they impose - i.e. the State Sales Tax goes up 1%, then a special income tax rate of 2% is imposed on the politicians salary and any pension plan income. Considering how much taxes have increased, this should slow the zeal of Politicians to tax everyone to death for freebies for illegals.

Posted by Guest WL on Feb. 24, 2010 @ 9:21 am

Glen = one more person who'd rather watch our schools go bankrupt than give up his anti-tax paranoia.

'Hurfleblurfle SPECIAL INTERESTS" is apparently to be the death rattle of every remaining scrap of our civil society.

I wonder if he'll keep pushing that line after they fire all the cops and firefighters, too?

Posted by Dan on Feb. 24, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

It makes me sick to see imagrents bring there relitives here get them suckeled on the welfar and ssi tit then they get there free to low pay goverment subsidized housing and to know they have never paid a dime into the system or ever plan to. This kind of wastful spending is what these liberal government leaches like to make them selves feel useful, I think that they feel they are providing a service but at they same time they are driving locals out of CA and SF because they are taxing us out of here, forcing us to move to other states or other countrys thus runing our home town into pit of poverty filled beggers and a bunch of pissed off city workers that cant get paid because of so many people cant afford to live here because the taxes are to high so who is left to pay the taxes.

Posted by Guest Tom notammiano on Mar. 03, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

I'm sorry, but I have a really hard time taking anyone seriously who cannot even spell basic words correctly.

Posted by GuestStaciaS. on Mar. 04, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

If you're going to live in my country, could you at least learn to speak the language?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

of the economy, then why don't you pit your anger against those who are responsible? They being the megacorps in this state that do NOT pay their fair share of taxes..who were "fronted" by those who pushed P13 down our throats, ruining our infrastructure, our economy and the schools that (obviously) let you down! Prattling on and on about "imagrents" (that's "immigrants") sounds a lot more like you just hate people, than you want to find a real solution..sad.

Posted by Lily on Apr. 20, 2010 @ 7:56 pm