Is the Gas Tax Repeal Measure the New Proposition 13?

Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced that a measure to repeal the recent gas tax increase has qualified for the November ballot. Republican supporters of the initiative are hoping to hear an echo from another citizen tax revolt from 40 years ago: Proposition 13.

That measure, passed overwhelmingly by voters in 1978, significantly rolled back property taxes and placed strict limits on future annual increases on homeowners and commercial property owners. Some say it helped create the political climate that launched Ronald Reagan into the White House.

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