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Patrick

Patrick is a mid-40 year old geek with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's degree in Information Systems. Nothing he says here has anything to do with the official position of his employer or any other institution.

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  1. Avatar Maribou says:

    I find this post fascinating even though I know very little about CA state politics. Or perhaps *because*…. either way, thanks for the inside view.Report

  2. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    For what it’s worth, I think the general notion of a split roll PLUS lowering of other business taxes in a way that would be revenue-neutral would probably be better policy overall. I can think of a couple of retail businesses that are only still there because their property costs are so low, due to owning the property for so long under Prop 13.

    But this is distorting to land use, and many parts of California need to push toward higher-density.

    Also, California is so growth-oriented now that a bit of a slowdown might be ok, honestly. If we drive that slowdown with a modest increase in tax revenue that is spent to make things better for people who live here, that’s good.

    But the fact is, the lost of SALT will probably do that all on its own.Report

  3. Well done Patrick. I can’t say I have digested everything here yet, but as a teacher and parent in California, this is a valuable breakdown (I also happen to be a union negotiator). Please keep these types of in-depth reports coming!Report

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