Howard Jarvis, Populist Entrepreneur: Reevaluating the Causes of Proposition 13

  title={Howard Jarvis, Populist Entrepreneur: Reevaluating the Causes of Proposition 13},
  author={Daniel A. Smith},
  journal={Social Science History},
  pages={173 - 210}
During the months immediately preceding California’s June 1978 primary election, Proposition 13, the fractious property tax ballot measure, received a dizzying amount of media attention. Newspaper columnists from California and around the country swapped partisan barbs, debating ad infinitum the initiative’s merits and faults. In public forums, political scientists and economists calculated and recalculated the measure’s possible effects and unintended consequences. Heated letters to the editor… 

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