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Since Prop 13 in 1978, Californians have approved 18 propositions about budget practices

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January 5, 2011

In January 2011, the California Legislative Analyst's Office released a 64-page document called "Cal Facts."[1] The document includes a summary of the 18 California statewide ballot propositions since Proposition 13 that impose restrictions on state and local budgeting.[2]

Year Proposition What it does
1979 Prop 4 Limit spending by state and local gov'ts to prior year amount, adjusted for various factors
1986 Prop 62 Requires approval of new local general taxes by two-thirds of the governing body and a majority of local voters
1988 Prop 98 Minimum state funding guarantees for K-12 and community colleges
1988 Prop 99 Imposes a 25 cent per pack surtax on cigarettes, limits use of surtax revenue
1992 Prop 162 Limits the Legislature’s authority over CalPERS and other public retirement systems
1993 Prop 172 Imposes half-cent sales tax and dedicates the revenue to local public safety programs.
1996 Prop 218 Limits authority of local governments to impose taxes and property-related assessments, fees, and charges.
1998 Prop 10 Imposes a 50 cent per pack surtax on cigarettes, limits use of revenues
2000 Prop 39 Lowers voter approval from two-thirds to 55% for local general obligation bonds for school facilities.
2002 Prop 42 Permanently directs to transportation purposes sales taxes on gasoline previously deposited in the General Fund.
2002 Prop 49 Requires that the state fund after-school programs at a specified funding level.
2004 Prop 57 Authorizes $15 billion in bonds to fund budgetary obligations, retire 2002-03 deficit.
2004 Prop 58 Requires a balanced state budget, restricts borrowing, mandates creation of reserve fund.
2004 Prop 1A Restricts state’s ability to reduce local government revenues from the property tax, sales tax, and vehicle license fee.
2004 Prop 63 Imposes an additional 1% tax on incomes of $1 million and over to fund mental health services.
2006 Prop 1A Limits state’s ability to retain gasoline sales taxes in General Fund
2010 Prop 22 Reduces the state's authority to use or redirectstate fuel tax revenues
2010 Prop 26 Broadens the definition of what counts as a tax

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