Ballot Initiative Seeks to Hold Lawmakers Accountable for Tax Increases and Spending

Voters will have the chance to dictate to lawmakers when new taxes can be raised and how that money can be spent. Back in February, the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act qualified for the November 2024 ballot.

According to backers at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, there are several key provisions in the measure. It requires all new taxes passed by the Legislature to be approved by voters. It restores two-thirds voter approval for all new local special tax increases. It clearly defines what is a tax or a fee. And it requires truthful descriptions of new tax proposals.