Overview This article explores whether California should include revenue from its cap-and-trade program in the state’s appropriations limit. California voters enacted Article XIII B of the state constitution in 1979 (Proposition 4) to constrain state and local spending. That provision limits state appropriations to 1978 spending levels, plus the growth of the state’s population and personal income. This is commonly called the “Gann Limit,” after the measure’s author, conservative political activist Paul Gann. It applies to spending from tax revenues and other proceeds, including regulatory licenses, user charges and fees, and tax revenue investment. The state reached the Gann Limit...
Recent Featured Posts
- How the Gann Limit Interacts with Cap-and-Trade
- California Supreme Court Upholds Mandatory First Contract Arbitration For Farmworkers
- Some Thoughts on California’s Fiscal Constitution
- Opinion Analysis: Briggs v. Brown (2017) Part I
- Opinion Analysis: S234148 California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland
Cases & Categories
Sign Up for Email Updates
SCOCAblog is a Berkeley Law & Hastings Law Journal publication focused on substantive coverage of the Supreme Court of California. We provide analysis of doctrinal and procedural issues in cases before the court, and news about developments pertaining to the court itself. Our contributors include former justices of the court, academics and practitioners with subject matter expertise, and advocates experienced in appellate practice before the state high court.
Steven M. Duvernay
David Aram Kaiser
William T. Newman
Shane G. Smith
Brandon V. Stracener