Proposition 13 at 30: The Political, Economic and Fiscal Impacts

Friday, June 6, 2008 (All day)
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley
Available multimedia: 
Event has video

This conference on the thirtieth anniversary of the passage of California's Proposition 13 examines the political, economic, and fiscal legacy of this revolutionary amendment to the state constitution. Proposition 13 imposed a 1% cap on the local property tax rate for Californians and launched a national tax revolt movement. The one-day conference will consist of three panels, with a mix of academic, policy experts, and journalists, that will assess the varied fiscal, economic, social, and political ramifications of this watershed tax movement. The conference is free, open to the public, and no advance registration is required.

9:00-9:30 am Breakfast

9:30-9:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jack Citrin, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies and Heller Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

9:45-10:15 am

Mark DiCamillo, Director, Field Poll, "Public Opinion about Proposition 13: The Very Latest in a Context of Budgetary Stress"

Also: New release of survey data from the Field Poll on voter attitudes on taxing and spending in California

10:30-12:00 pm Panel I: The Political Dimensions

Moderator: Jack Citrin, Director, IGS

John Fund, Wall Street Journal, "Proposition 13: A Watershed Moment Bridging FDR and Reagan"

David Gamage, Assistant Professor of Law, UC Berkeley, "Coping through California's Budget Crises in Light of Proposition 13"

Isaac Martin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego, "Proposition 13 Fever: How Tax Limitations Spread"

Peter Schrag, Sacramento Bee, "Thirty Years of Sausage from the Rube Goldberg Machine"

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-1:15 pm

Screening of video of CBS News news clips from the first week of June 1978 reporting on Proposition 13

1:15-2:00 pm Keynote speaker

"30 Years After the Revolution: What Howard Jarvis Might Say?"

Joel Fox, Past President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

2:00-3:30 pm Panel II: The Economic Impacts

Moderator: John Decker, Executive Director, California Debt & Investment Advisory Commission

Dave Doerr, California Taxpayers Association, "Coping Through California's Budget Crises in Light of Proposition 13"

William Fischel, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College, "Why Has the Serrano-Prop. 13 Connection Become the Conventional Wisdom?"

Terri Sexton, Professor of Economics, California State University Sacramento, "Proposition 13 and Residential Mobility"

Steven Sheffrin, Professor of Economics, UC Davis, "Re-Assessing the Fairness of Market Value Taxation and Proposition 13"

3:30-3:45 pm Break

3:45-5:15 pm Panel III: The Public Finance Arena

Moderator: Isaac Martin, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego

John Kirlin, Director, Delta Vision, "Fiscal Constraint and Fiscal Adaptation: Thirty Years' Experience Grappling with Wicked Problems"

Jean Ross, Executive Director, California Budget Project, "Proposition 13 Thirty Years Later: What Has It Meant for Governance and Public Services?"

Jon Sonstelie, Professor of Economics, UC Santa Barbara, "Proposition 13 and California's Public Schools"

Kirk Stark, Professor of Law, UCLA, "Proposition 13 as Fiscal Federalism Reform"

5:15-5:30 pm Concluding Remarks

5:30-6:30 pm Reception

IGS Library Reading Room

109 Moses Hall

Watch the videos at UC Berkeley's YouTube channel.