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Report on the 1973 Campaign of California Gov. Reagan for Prop 1 (Spending Limit)

In 1973, California Governor Ronald Reagan campaigned for Proposition 1, a complicated state spending limit by formula. There had been talk of having such a limit placed in the federal constitution at the time; Prop 1 can be regarded as a state version of that idea. Prop 1 was defeated but it foreshadowed the Gann Limit proposition of 1979 which was passed by voters. Later, however, Gann was largely gutted by Props 98 (1988) and 111 (1990). Discussion of a tighter spending limit was periodically revived thereafter but ballot efforts failed. As part of the California state budget crisis of 2011, there was again talk about a budget deal that might include some version of a revised Gann-type limit. Another video on Proposition 1 can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyYoaTmN5pU. An article about Proposition 1 is available at http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/Documents/areas/fac/hrob/mitchell_ballot_box.pdf
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