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California Proposition 175, Income Tax Credit for Renters (1994)

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California Proposition 175, also known as the Renters' Income Tax Credit, was on the June 7, 1994 primary election ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Proposition 175 would have amended the California Constitution by allowing a credit to qualified renters against their net income tax. A similar income tax credit for renters was already the law in California as a statute. If Proposition 175 had been approved, that income tax credit for renters would have become constitutionally protected.

Election results

Proposition 175
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No2,567,47657.37%
Yes 1,907,537 42.63%

Constitutional changes

California Constitution
Articles
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Proposition 175 would have amended Article XIII of the California Constitution by adding a new section, as follows:

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Text of measure

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The ballot title read:

RENTERS' INCOME TAX CREDIT. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

The ballot summary was:

  • Amends Constitution by allowing a credit to qualified renters against their net income tax.
  • Credit to be not less than $120 for married couples filing joint returns, heads of household, and surviving spouses, and not less than $60 for individuals.
  • Authorizes Legislature to amend existing statutes and adopt new statutes to timely or properly administer the credit.
  • Applies to taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 1995.

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

  • Adoption of this measure would result in state costs of about $100 million in 1995-96.
  • Unknown but potential increase in costs in the future, depending upon actions that would otherwise be taken by the state to reduce the renters' credit.

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 175 on the ballot via Senate Constitutional Amendment 9.

Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 59 11
Senate 28 3

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