More unintended consequences in California

More unintended consequences in California

Soon after Prop 13 became law, Sacramento decided that, if property-tax revenues were to be limited, the state would have to compensate local communities for the resulting cash shortfall. This assumption opened the floodgates for government largess and, at the same time, centralized spending decisions in Sacramento that had once been dispersed throughout the state—yet another example of the unintended consequences of even worthy political crusades.