California Tax Takes: Tax Ballot Initiative Constitutionality

By Shail Shah, Mike Shaikh, Priscilla Ayn Parrett, Yoni Fix and Rebecca Durham (November 26, 2018, 1:22 PM EST) -- On Nov. 6, 2018, California voters approved 264 of the 390 proposed local tax and bond measures on state and local ballots. One such measure was Proposition C, or Prop C, a controversial measure on the San Francisco ballot that establishes a special tax geared toward generating revenue for the city's homelessness crisis. Although Prop C received a majority vote, it is unclear whether this is enough to satisfy the requirements imposed by the California Constitution. Below, we highlight California constitutional constraints imposed on voter initiatives, a recent case involving these constraints and how these constraints impact special tax ballot initiatives,...

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