Though a whopping 96% said the state budget was a problem, they seem conflicted on how to solve it. Sixty-five percent want a law for a strict spending cap to limit increases on state spending, while a majority (53%) think they should lower the threshold to pass a budget to 55% from two thirds. In addition, 50% thought local taxes should also be able to be raised by a 55% vote of the people instead of the two thirds needed now.
In a state with some of the highest tax rates in the country, it’s hard to believe the public would want to raise taxes. When you look at the numbers more closely, you find — not surprisingly — that people do not mind raising taxes as long as they do not have to pay them.
To see what that gets you, look back to 2004, when Californians voted for Prop 63, the 1% millionaire tax to fund Mental Health Services.