Tunnel Vision Do voters finally see a need for new taxes?

Californians did -- but only when they could also see the payback

Moscow is not the only cradle of revolution where people are having second thoughts these days. Now there's California too. The state that gave birth to the taxpayer revolt in the 1970s took a step back last week from the antitax orthodoxy that has kept American government in a fiscal straitjacket ever since. California voters, who have tended to feel about taxes the way Lenin felt about capital gains, agreed to ballot Proposition 111, which doubles the state gasoline levy to fund improvements for gridlocked highways. The outcome of that vote reverberated not just on the West Coast but all the...

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