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The 'Utter Truth' about Proposition 30

Money is the mother's milk of politics. Guess what? Prop. 30 on the November 2012 ballot es la leche maxima.

In 1966, California assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh stated the greatest of all legislative maxims: "Money is the mother's milk of politics." Guess what? Proposition 30 es la leche maxima.

Gov. Brown's ballot initiative to raise taxes (now known as Proposition 30) garnered $6.3 million in contributions basically over a 90 day period and $9.8 million total in 2012 according to the most recent campaign reports.

Prop. 30 increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. It also increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years and allocates temporary tax revenues of 89% to K-12 schools and 11% to community colleges.

It would prohibit funds be spent for administrative costs yet gives local school boards the discretion to decide -in an open meeting and subject to an annual audit - how funds are to be spent. Plus, it guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.

Cogent facts attack: So who gets the money under Prop. 30? The state (generically); K-12 schools; community colleges; and, public safety services. And who’s doing all the heavy lifting? It’s a group called Californians Working Together to Restore and Protect Public Schools, Universities and Public Safety.

And who are their largest donors? TEACHERS AND LABOR with $1.5 million coming from the California Teachers Association; $1.2 million from the American Federation of Teachers; $1.2 million from Service Employees International Union Local 1000; $1 million from the California State Council of Service Employees; $1 million from the United Domestic Workers of America; and, $800K from the California Federation of Teachers. BTW: Californians Working Together to Restore and Protect Public Schools, Universities and Public Safety is sponsored in part by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and those self-same teachers and labor unions.

Plus more than two dozen Democratic state legislators have contributed $5,000 to $25,000 from their campaign or ballot measure committees’ money to help pass the initiative. (It should be noted that of all the factoids in this post, this one makes the most sense since the lawmaker’s budget doesn’t fly if JB’s tax measure fails – plain and simple.)

Meanwhile, Proposition 38, the ‘Our Children, Our Future’ tax measure (AKA The Millionaire’s Tax), is supported by attorney and billionaire Molly Munger and the California State PTA. It is a competing initiative to Brown’s proposal and would raise income taxes on all but California's lowest income wage earners. It trails significantly in the polls behind the Gov's measure.

So... got milk?

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Cid Young August 04, 2012 at 07:09 PM
The schools do need the money, but taxpayers are being hit EVERYWHERE! For instance, the Half Moon Bay City Council just voted to add an extra 1/2 cent on the sales tax if you happen to shop over there. (Voters will decide in November if it goes through -the last one failed). The Cabrillo Unified School District is adding a new Ad Valoem tax per recently passed Measure S 25-40 year Bond on TOP of the Measure E $150.00 parcel tax that runs for several more years. Each municipality wants a "little more" of peoples hard earned after-tax dollars. Where will it stop? Unfortunately, they will probably have to allow the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest to expire, or we can never get out of this hole that started building when Clinton left office.
Paul Stewart August 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
You are spot on Cid... but I see where they re-upped the Bush era tax cuts... so as The Taking Heads once intoned: "Same as it ever was."
rcrapes August 08, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Don't forget the big $$$$$$$$$ by CNA!
Craig Mosher September 21, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Currently, spending per pupil in California ranks us 47th in the nation, lagging behind nearly every state (including Mississippi). If Prop. 30 does not pass, we will probably rank dead last next year.

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