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More Brown Papers: The Prop 13 List



    A couple of weeks ago, I reported in this space on some of the mail Gov. Jerry Brown received in 1978 after the passage of Prop 13. It turns out there was more where that came from. Since then I've been through another half-dozen boxes of Prop 13 mail in Gov. Brown's papers at USC.

    One document in these boxes is particularly helpful. Brown's office in 1978 sampled 1,000 of the letters he received on Prop 13, and counted up how many times each idea for making up lost revenues were made among the 1,000-letter sample.

    Here's the breakdown (each number shows the number of people out of 1000 to suggest the idea):

    112 – cut or eliminate welfare
    110 – legislators, state employees should take a salary cut
    101 – use different tax base (income, sales, luxury).
    94 – keep essential services no matter what cuts demanded by Prop 13 (school, fire, police)
    88 – cut management administrators, waste in school system.
    78 – eliminate fringe benefits for legislators and state employees (cars, houses, phones, etc.)
    61 – legalize gambling (lottery, track)
    61 – cut busing in schools
    55 -- cut the frills, fat management, administrators, waste in government
    37 -- eliminate or cut pensions, double-triple dipping
    36 -- OK to use surplus (Editor's note: state then had a large budget surplus)
    35 -- school pupils should bring own supplies, charge tuition in universities
    32 -- not cutting enough, cut from the top
    27 -- eliminate bilingual education
    25  -- keep library funding
    22  -- keep health servcies
    15  -- take cuts in judicial system (trials, clerks, judges’ salaries)
    12  -- keep California Arts council
    7  -- split tax roll (that is, change Prop 13 by splitting the tax roll and giving Prop 13 benefits to homeowners, but not to commercial property tax owners).

    A Sacramento Bee reporter is also digging through the papers. Some of her finds are here.