California voters shocked the state’s political figures by passing Proposition 13 in 1978, and none more so than Jerry Brown, who was seeking his second term as governor.
As part of that political makeover he joined hands with Paul Gann, one of Proposition 13’s sponsors, to push another ballot measure, Proposition 4, that would impose strict spending limits on state and local governments.
The Gann Limit’s effect was felt during successor George Deukmejian’s governorship, requiring a $1.1 billion rebate to taxpayers, but a few years later, in 1990, Deukmejian supported a new ballot measure that loosened its provisions. Ever since the Gann Limit has been a nonfactor.
Without announcing it publicly, Brown – now back in the governorship after a 28-year hiatus – is asking the Legislature to once again modify the Gann Limit, albeit through the back door.
He wants a new way of calculating the limit that exempts $22 billion in spending from its provisions, thus allowing overall expenditures to rise further.
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