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Encyclopedia > Tax revolt

A tax revolt is a political struggle to repeal, limit, or roll back a government-imposed tax.

In the United States, it is often used to refer to a series of anti-tax state initiative campaigns, which have been particularly popular in the West. The first of these was California's Proposition 13, sponsored by Howard Jarvis and passed overwhelmingly by voters in 1978, which drastically limited property tax levels in the state.

In subsequent years, the state initiative process, initially championed by Populists and progressives, has been increasingly used for such purposes by conservative and libertarian political forces. Notable examples include a series of initiatives in Oregon (see Oregon tax revolt) and Washington (see Tim Eyman), and the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) in Colorado.

Critics charge that these initiatives have wreaked havoc on state governments and have been partly responsible for recent fiscal crises in many states; some have argued those consequences were intended -- that the actual motivation behind slashing taxes is to "starve the beast".

External link

  • The Tax Revolt Turns 25 (http://www.cato.org/dailys/06-06-03.html), from the Cato Institute

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Tax revolt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (627 words)
A tax revolt is a political struggle to repeal, limit, or roll back a government-imposed tax.
To some extent, the tax revolt also fell victim to an effective counterattack by municipal reformers, government officials, and the holders of municipal debt such as bondholders and bankers who formed so-called "Pay Your Taxes" campaigns throughout the country.
A second wave of tax revolts began in the late 1970s and were particularly popular in the West.
Oregon tax revolt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (854 words)
The tax revolt, carried out in large part by a series of citizen's initiatives and referenda, has reshaped the debate about taxes and public services in Oregon.
The tax revolt manifested itself in a series of budget battles in the Oregon Legislature about school funding, the Oregon Health Plan, and other spending priorities during the late 1990s.
Opponents of the tax revolt argue that passing tax decreases via ballot measure leads to short-sighted policy making, in which voters are enticed to vote with the revolt by lower tax bills and without thinking about the budget problems caused by reduced revenues.
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