Sun, Oct 7, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Tax Revolt 2.0 - Who Will Pay for the Society We Want?Download audio (MP3)
During Jerry Brown's first term as governor, California voters passed Proposition 13 to roll back property taxes and require a two-thirds majority for lawmakers to raise any tax. Today, Californians say they want great schools, effective infrastructure, long prison terms and a social safety net for the poor. But they still don't want to pay more taxes. So, Gov. Brown -- in his second stay in office -- is fighting an uphill battle for a measure asking voters to chip-in more. This election has become a referendum on the size and scope of government.
On September 20, 2012, a group of close observers of California politics were brought together and asked to share their views and vision. KQED's Scott Shafer moderated a panel discussion between Robert Reich, professor or public policy at UC Berkeley; Henry Brady, dean of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy; Michael Boskin, professor of economics and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution; and Deborah Saunders, columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.