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California on election day will have an opportunity of adopting the single tax. An amendment to the state constitution has been proposed which provides as follows:—

Public revenues, state, county, municipal, and district, shall be raised by the taxation of land values exclusive of improvements, and no tax or charge for revenue shall be imposed on any labor product, occupation, business, or person; but this shall not prevent the assessment of incomes and inheritances to provide funds for old-age pensions, mothers' endowments, and workingmen's disemployment and disability insurance.

Land holdings shall be equally assessed, according to their value for use or occupancy, without regard to any work of man thereon; this value shall be determined in municipalities and wherever else practicable, by the "Somers system" or other means of exact computation from central locations. The intent of this provision is to take for public use the rental and site values of land, and to reduce land-holding to those only who live on or make productive use of it.

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November 4, 1916

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