In Kentucky, Harvey sloane, a liberal and a former major of Louisville who is running for governor next year had asked a lawyer to research the issue of limiting states taxes and expenditures.
In Florida, Raleigh Green, a St. Petersburg banker and lawyer who is running for governor, has proposed a spending lid tied to the state's growth in population and cost of living.
In New York, Perry B. Duryea, the Republican candidate for governor, has called for a freeze on local tax rates, and the state's commerce commissioner. John S. Dyson, a Democrat, has proposed a limit on the number of public employes.
Thus the seimic waves from California's June 6 vote for drastic cuts in local property taxes are being felt across the nation. But whether they will have a lasting effect is another question.
A Washington Post check shows that in at least 11 states political leaders or candidates for public office have reached to the California tax revolt by seeking studies or proposing ways to stop the spiraling cost of state and local government.
These actions are in addition to citizen efforts in a least half the states to initiate ballot measures to curb spending or tax increases. Two leading proponents of anti-spending measures -- Charles S. Crawford, director of the National Taxpayers Union here, and Lewis K. Uhler head of the National Tax Limitation Committee -- have said that the citizen efforts will succeed in relatively few states this year because the process in most states is slow and difficult.
But we are seeing that the California vote is having an effort," Crawford said. "The pols and the bureaucrats -- down to the school board and the water district board -- realize they don't have blank checks anymore.They're hearing the foot-steps of the citizens, and they're trying to act before the voters get to them."
It is not clear how many of the politicians' efforts will succeed, although legislatures in two of the states -- Arizona and Delaware -- have passed spending limit bills in the last two weeks.
Will Myers, senior analyst for tax and finance at the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations here, said that "fiscal conservatism is the telling issue now. Everyone is on the bandwagon. In any campaign people constantly float ideas. Some wax and a lot of them wane."
John Shannon, assistant director of the advisory commission, said California's vote for Proposition 13 has accelerated the push to get tax or spending limits in other states but added that "the chances are highly unlikely that other measures will be stringent." Other states do not have the heavy property tax load or the huge surplus that California does, he explained.
Proposition 13 limits local property taxes to 1 percent of market value, rolls back assessments to 1975-1976 levels and limits increases to 2 percent a year until the property is sold: bans new property taxes and requires a two-thirds vote of the state legislature to levy any other new taxes.
The measure cuts $7 billion from the current $11.4 billion that localities get from property taxes.
David Rees, a campaign aide to candidate Greene in Florida, said his proposal to tie spending to population and cost-of-living increases would allow budget increases. "But if we had enacted it 10 years ago, the state would have saved $6.6 billion," Rees said.
Actions in other states include:
Passage by the Arizona legislature of a constitutional amendment limiting tax revenues to 7 percent of personal income in the state. The measures will be on the November ballot.
Passage by the Delware legislature of a bill to limit state spending to 98 percent of anticipated revenues.
Introduction of a bill in the Massachusetts House to slash local property taxes by about $1 billion by limiting assessments to 2.5 per cent of fair market value.The bill, sponsored by four Republicans, is not expected to pass, but the legislature is expected to meet in joint session later this month to consider a spending cap amendment proposed earlier.
Announcement of a hiring freeze in Maryland by Acting Gov. Blair Lee III. (in Prince George's County a group of residents has started a petition drive to freeze the county's property tax levy at the 1979 level).
A call by New Hamsphire gov. Meldrim Thomson for a state constitutional amendment to limit property tax increases.
Endorsement by Maine's outgoing governor, James B. Longley, of a citizens' effort to introduce a tax limitation in the state legislature next January.
A proposal by the chairman of the Minnesota senate's Tax Committee to cut property taxes and raise sales taxes to cover the difference.
Qualified approval by Washington Gov. Dixy Lee Ray to an initiative drive for a statute limiting state property tax increases to 6 percent a year. Washington in 1972 placed a constitutional ceiling on local property taxes.
Consideration of a spending limit schedule next month by the Hawaii legislature.
Crawford of the taxpayers union said the state activities "show there is an air of responsiveness among the politicians. But I'm afraid the movement will be nothing more than a flash unless citizens keep up the pressure. I'm worried about the bureaucrats who will try to scare people by threatening to cut the police force rather than all the assistants to the third assistant principal."