SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The California Supreme Courtroom on Monday made it simpler for sure new taxes to win approval with voters.
Whereas the courtroom determined that cities and counties will nonetheless should get a two-thirds majority vote so as to increase taxes, measures proposed by residents don’t want a supermajority to move.
“Citizen teams gather the required variety of signatures to place the measure on the poll, not will these measures require a two-thirds vote. They solely require a easy majority,” stated Larry Gerton, professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State College.
This is applicable to taxes for particular functions, comparable to constructing a sports activities area or a soda tax. Nevertheless, if a metropolis like San Francisco tries to get a soda tax accepted, it should nonetheless be topic to the 2-thirds bar.
This is the reason we’re more likely to see extra citizen teams proposing taxes, as a result of they’ll solely want a majority now.
“To tax proponents, maybe the flood gates are opened slightly bit extra, and that little question will probably be upsetting to tax opponents,” Gerston stated.