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Government & Politics
Tue March 1, 2011
Prop 13 casts a long shadow on state, local government
Thirty three years ago, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 13 into law, ushering in a new era of California politics and forever changing state and local government. Not only did the constitutional amendment cut property taxes nearly in half, its implementation also ushered in a major change in the way government services are provided, in the Golden State, centralizing more power in Sacramento. It also helped spark a wave of so called "ballot box budgeting" with citizens taking control of the power of the purse, in both setting tax rates and spending priorities. Reporter Tracey Scharmann looks at the local impact of Prop 13 in this special feature report.