Prop 31 Wonks Do Not Want Suburban Tax Payers to Connect the Tax Revenue Sharing Dots

Russ Steele

We are about to be bamboozled again by another initiative and our local libs do not want any of us to pay attention.  How are we being bamboozled? Check out the summary statement on Prop 31.


  • Establishes two-year state budget cycle.
  • Prohibits Legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified.
  • Permits Governor to cut budget unilaterally during declared fiscal emergencies if Legislature fails to act.
  • Requires performance reviews of all state programs.
  • Requires performance goals in state and local budgets.
  • Requires publication of bills at least three days prior to legislative vote.
  • Allows local governments to alter how laws governing state-funded programs apply to them, unless
  • Legislature or state agency vetoes change within 60 days.

All warm and fuzzy good stuff which is about as far as most people will read.  But, here is the hook hidden in the LAO’s summary. Read it carefully and parse the words, as it glosses over the revenue sharing in Prop 31 

Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact:

  • Decreased state sales tax revenues of about $200 million annually, with a corresponding increase of funding to certain local governments.
  • Other, potentially more significant changes in state and local spending and revenues, the magnitude of which would depend on future decisions by public officials.

Read this again “increase of funding to certain local governments.” You might think that might mean our local government will be a funding increase.  No it means that the suburbs where all the tax payers live will now be forced to share taxes with the inner cities where there are now few taxpayers and multiple tax takers.  The tax revenue sharing is not discussed directly in the summary, but it is included in the Proposition.

Read this again, “potentially more significant changes in state and local spending and revenues, the magnitude of which would depend on future decisions by public officials.” What might those future decisions be?  How about some political earmarks and some crony payoffs. Tax revenue sharing breaks the connection between local governments and taxpayers. Tax sharing government organizations are not accountable to the taxpayers of jurisdiction with which they share taxes.

Again, the total purpose of Prop 31 is to take tax revenue from the suburban counties and share it with the urban counties. Counties where the rich and middle classes have left in search of clean safe shopping centers, good schools, and neighborhoods where it is safe to walk the streets at night. Now Prop 31 wonks want these suburbanites to pay for clean up of the urban rot they left behind through tax revenue sharing.

Where did all  these sharing ideas come from? Agenda 21. But, some of our local Supervisors think that any connection between Agenda 21 and Prop 31 is just some specious partisan theory  that can be ignored.  I will address that subject in my next post!

If you vote for Prop 31 you are voting to rob our Red county of tax revenue to be sent to some Blue County where it will be spent by some Democrat political hack who has demonstrated he or she is incapable of being fiscally responsible with any tax revenue, urban or suburban.

NO on Prop 31.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

5 Responses to Prop 31 Wonks Do Not Want Suburban Tax Payers to Connect the Tax Revenue Sharing Dots

  1. stevefrisch says:

    You are so amazing clueless on this. The urban centers in California are huge net tax generators; the suburbs are much lessor tax generators; and rural regions get about one third more services than they pay taxes for.

  2. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    good call on this Russ, they tried to hide it very softtly so nobody will notice

  3. Todd Juvinall says:

    Prop 31 completes the takeover of local budgets in all aspects. Even Special Districts will be under the thumb of the legilature. The power of the money will be wielded not by locals but by a committee or sub-committee of the worst run legislature in the history of America. Tammany Hall in Sacramento.

  4. Arthur M. Day. says:

    We have to remember that individual rights and personal freedom and the right to choose and dismiss our public servants are anomalies.
    A self appointed and self anointed aristocracy lording it over powerless serfs has been the norm throughout history.
    Hunter gatherers all had about the same level of grave goods. Only with the coming of agriculture and villages do we find a few elaborate graves with rich grave goods among many graves with next to nothing.
    It is obnoxious but natural that insecure but powerful people wouild persist in trying to return to those cushy days of yesteryear.
    And also natural that the U.N. would be a main source of these efforts. You would expect that from an organization where a sizeable majority of the representatives are from Thugocratic, unfree countries.

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