Gann Limit: A Threat to Investments for Californians
Join a conversation about the Gann Limit and how it limits our ability to make ongoing investments to build a more equitable California.
Building a just and equitable California for every person requires budget and policy investments now and in the future to create health, housing, economic, and education opportunities for communities.
However, a 1979 constitutional spending limit challenges our state’s ability to meet the ongoing needs of Californians. Known by many names — the spending cap, constitutional spending limit, or Gann Limit — this budget constraint blocks the state’s ability to build a better future.
Over the past two state budget cycles, policymakers avoided exceeding the limit, but those maneuvers are not sustainable. If revenues continue to outpace population and personal income growth, state leaders will need to ask California voters to change the state Constitution to modify or eliminate the spending cap.
Join us, the California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and California Calls for a rich, educational, and nonpartisan discussion about the Gann Limit, pathways forward so that all Californians can thrive, and how philanthropy can catalyze the California Dream.