Guidance for Critical Essay – State & Local Relations
“Proposition 13 (1978) and post-Proposition 13 (1978) Regime”
Logistics of the Critical Essay:
(1) Heading for paper: Name, Course, Assignment #, and Date. This information is placed at the top of the first page and is single spaced. Do not use a separate title page. A formal title for the essay is optional.
(2) Margins: 1-inch for both right and left margins; 1-inch for both top and bottom margins
(3) Font (type/size): New Times Roman/12-point
(4) Page numbers: Page numbers will be placed at the bottom of the page.
(5) Writing and Citation style: APA format
(6) Staple: Papers must be stapled in the upper-left corner
(7) Length: 15 to 20 pages (double spaced)
Organizational structure: Each essay will be constructed in the following manner: Introductory section; Conceptual development/descriptive material; Analysis; and Recommendations/ Conclusions. Section headings will be used for each of these elements of the essay. (See the course syllabus for a more detailed discussion of the content of each of these elements).
Important Questions/Issues Pertaining to the Essay: (HINT: You will want to FULLY address these issues in your analysis. You will also want to treat these various items as a whole when writing the essay.)
Discuss Thurmaier & Willoughby’s conception of budget rationality. What are the different types of rationality that constitute this concept? How are they related to one another?
Provide a basic description of Proposition 13 and the post-Proposition 13 (1978) management (e.g., property tax allocation system).
Evaluate the following aspects of budget rationality for Proposition 13 (1978) and the post-Proposition 13 (1978) regime: Social rationality (effectiveness decision), political rationality (effectiveness decision), legal rationality (effectiveness decision), and economic rationality (efficiency decision). Given this assessment, what is the overall budget rationality of California’s system of collecting and allocating local property taxes?
**This includes an analysis of impacts on both the state budget and state/local fiscal relations (e.g., impacts on budgeting/fiscal decisions of local governments).
Critical Essay – Proposition 13 (1978): This critical essay will require students to apply Thurmaier and Willoughby’s model of budgeting rationality to the impact of Proposition 13 (1978) on both the state budget and state-local fiscal relations. Proposition 13 (1978) represents a major shift in the role played by property tax in both state and local budgets. This amendment to the state constitution has created a multitude of legislation, initiatives, and policy changes that are still evolving. The essay will ask students to evaluate these impacts and suggest recommendations moving forward. Critical essay guidance will be provided to students at the appropriate class meeting. See the Assignment and Examination Schedule for the dates each exam is assigned and due. Each student will be expected to write their own essays. This critical essay will be 15 to 20 pages in length.