In a seemingly endless cycle, Californians are asked to raise taxes during one election year, only to then be asked to lower them another year, writes Dan Walters of CALmatters. In 2016, Californians voted to extend taxes on high-income Californians for another 12 years and raise cigarette taxes. Liberal interests, with unions in particular, were originally looking to this election year as the year to change Proposition 13, with the goal of removing tax limits on commercial properties. While that project has now been pushed off until 2020, voters this year will likely be faced with two large anti-tax measures. One which would make the enactment of local taxes much more difficult, and the other, a repeal of the gas tax and auto fees.
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