SACRAMENTO — More then 1 million Californians have signed an initiative to ease the limits on growth of state spending set by tax crusader Paul Gann's Proposition 4 in 1979, Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig said Thursday.
The proposed amendment to the state Constitution is expected to go before the voters in the primary election next year, Honig said. Any constitutional amendment at present requires 595,485 signatures to get on the ballot.
Honig made the announcement at a news conference he shared with officials of the League of California Cities, the County Supervisors Assn. and spokesmen for other government agencies hit hard by the 1979 limitation on state spending.
Backers will submit 1,067,000 signatures to county voter registrars for verification by the end of the week, Honig said.
He said the measure would have no effect on Proposition 13, the property tax limitation promoted by Gann and the late Howard Jarvis, and adopted by the state's voters in 1978.