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California Voters To Decide On Affirmative Action and Property Tax Increases In November

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Scott Rodd, Alyssa Dykman, Ben Christopher and Ivy Cargile
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Clockwise from top left: Scott Rodd, Alyssa Dykman, Ben Christopher and Ivy Cargile

Propositions 13 and 209 were some of the most impactful in California's history, but now their fates are back in the hands of voters, who come November will weigh in on whether to bring back affirmative action and potentially increase property taxes for some businesses. To learn more about these propositions and others, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Scott Rodd, state political reporter for Capital Public Radio, Ivy Cargile, assistant professor of political science at CSU Bakersfield, Alyssa Dykman, research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California, and Ben Christopher, election reporter for CalMatters.

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