NBC Evening News for Friday, May 05, 1978
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(Studio) Democrat theory that taxes are levied by elected officials and that if constituents don't like taxes, they can vote officials out of office stated. Ability of some states to get around this by amending constitutions reported; such is possible case in California in upcoming balloting.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Los Angeles, California) [MEN - state dissatisfaction with California tax rates.] Tax levies, state spending and continued state treasurer surplus in California outlined. Inability of state legislature and governor to come up with method of lowering taxes or way to give back surplus to taxpayers noted. Taxpayers' movement to amend constitution to limit property taxes, led by Howard Jarvis, examined. Efforts by opposition to Proposition 13, as tax reduction movement is called, to convince voters to defeat it outlined; econs. view of Proposition 13 reported [University of California at Los Angeles economy Dr. Neil JACOBY - says average public employee in California makes more than average taxpayer, making it situation of poorer supporting richer.] California legislature' hastily put together alternate proposal, called Proposition 8, detailed. [California Governor Jerry BROWN - states opposition to Proposition 13 and support for Proposition 8.] [JARVIS - says pols. in California have promised to do something about property taxes and do: they raise taxes. States that no one believes pols. anymore.] Impt. of California balloting to other states cited.
REPORTER: Don Harris