Professor Shanske Comments on California Supreme Court Tax Ruling for San Francisco Chronicle, CALMatters, KXTV
Professor Darien Shanske commented for media including the San Francisco Chronicle, CALmatters, and for Sacramento’s KXTV on a recent California Supreme Court ruling holding that general tax increases put on the ballot by citizens as part of the initiative process could go before voters in a special election, and only tax increases sought by local government must appear on a general election ballot.
The Court did not rule on whether citizen-initiated tax increases must be subject to the two-thirds majority required before local governments may impose special taxes, but the reasoning of the Court’s decision suggests that initiatives are not subject to this rule.
“This could be very helpful for groups capable of organizing and putting a tax increase on the ballot,” Shanske told the Chronicle.
Darien Shanske is a Professor of Law at UC Davis. His academic interests include taxation, particularly state and local taxation, local government law, public finance, and political theory, particularly jurisprudence.