Ben Adler | Capital Public Radio|A 2014 state law opened up California’s direct democracy process to negotiations with the governor and Legislature. In doing so, it created a powerful new tool for interest groups.
Prop. 13 dramatically changed how the state funds education. It intertwined with key court decisions in the 1970s to transform California's public schools, once considered the gold standard in American education.
As California home prices reach staggering new highs, the growing disparity between what newer and older homeowners pay on similarly valued property has renewed a problematic question: Is Prop. 13 fair?