Progeny of Proposition 13

There he goes again. Six years after winning passage of California's tax-slashing Proposition 13, Howard Jarvis is on another antitax crusade. He is canvassing the state to win support for Proposition 36, the most controversial initiative on the California ballot this November. The measure is designed to plug the loopholes that local governments have used to maintain revenues since Proposition 13 cut property taxes by 51% in 1978. "If you liked 13," says Jarvis, "then vote for 36!"

Jarvis' proposal is one of more than 200 initiatives and referendums that voters in...

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