In the 1970s, California voters were fed up with property taxes going up and up. Home values were in the same type of steep climb as in the 2000s, before the bubble burst. Cities and counties were having a wonderful time spending all that windfall tax money. Then voters passed Proposition 13, the Jarvis-Gann Initiative, limiting the growth of property taxes. Municipal and county governments and publice-employee unions cried foul, issuing dire warnings about public safety -- the same fear-mongering that is going on now. Jerry Brown was governor then, and he nearly bankrupted the state by bailing out the cities and counties. Now he's governor agiain, and "local assistance" is by far the largest share of those budget numbers above.
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