California voters approved Proposition 13 to rein in property taxes that had doubled in 10 years. More than three decades later, that rebellion has mortgaged the state’s future, saddling it with the nation’s highest debt and lowest credit rating.
California Diminished by Tax Revolt of 1978 Shows How U.S. Invites Decline - Bloomberg
Starve the Beast policies championed by the Repubs only left many a place in massive debt.