Pitney and Doug Johnson on Voters Passing Tax Increases

Throughout the San Gabriel Valley, voters approved increasing sales-taxes and school bond measures despite the current poor economic climate. Professor Pitney and Rose Institute Fellow Doug Johnson both speculate on this issue in Amanda Baumfeld’s article in the Whittier Daily News:

“Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College, speculated voters approved school bonds as a way to invest in the community.

‘If the quality of schools tends to decline so will home values,’ he said. ‘So bad schools will make a tough situation even worse. The bonds bring a direct economic benefit in the form of more stable property values.’


“Rose Institute Politics Fellow Doug Johnson said some people may not have been clear on what they actually voted for. ‘It’s a definite disconnect between reality and perceptions of what they will have to pay,’ Johnson said. ‘It is amazing, but it happens again and again.'”

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