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News Posted on September 8, 2017

Professor Shanske Comments on California Supreme Court Tax Ruling for Los Angeles Daily News

Professor Darien Shanske commented for the Los Angeles Daily News on a 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.

Professor Shanske told the Daily News that it’s “hard to see why the same reasoning should not apply,” adding that there will likely be numerous interested parties willing to test that conclusion in court.  

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.