CALIFORNIA: Reagan the Missionary

During his two terms as Governor of California, Ronald Reagan has never quite lived up to his billing of "Mr. Conservative." A Democratic-controlled legislature has forced him to compromise. Though he has pared welfare rolls and held down property taxes, he has had to raise income taxes. Since he took office, the state budget has doubled, reaching $9.3 billion for fiscal 1974. But to wind up his governorship with a conservative flourish, Reagan has concocted a scheme that would put a constitutional limit on the percentage of personal income tax that Californians...

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