Rose Institute Fellow Douglas Johnson was quoted in a November 3rd article in the Whittier Daily News discussing how Whittier- area voters approved increased taxes despite the recession and current national opposition to big government. Titled “What recession? Area voters overwhelmningly approve increased taxes,” the article notes that every single proposal to raise taxes in Duarte Unified, El Rancho Unified, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte and La Puente was approved.
Johnson notes that this is contrary to the trend in Los Angeles County this year, where voters tended to be anti-tax. Half of the tax measures in the county failed whereas usually 70 to 80 percent pass. Johnson points in particular to Proposition 21, which would have increased vehicle license fees. He says, “it got clobbered…That’s the kind of thing that usually California voters pass in their sleep…It was actually a surprisingly bad year for L.A. County as far as passing taxes.”