Four years ago Proposition 30 passed to provide funding for Education. It helped to stop deep cuts that had impacted so many students, faculty and classified employees. However, the temporary sales tax increase provided by Proposition 30 expires at the end of this year and the temporary increase in the state income tax for high wage earners expires in 2018. Governor Brown’s budget forecasts show that without the funding currently provided by Proposition 30, the state will have a $3 billion deficit and the cut in school funding will be nearly $5 billion.
We can avoid these cuts by passing a new initiative that will replace Proposition 30. The Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act will continue a higher state income tax rate on only the top 2% - individuals earning $250,000 per year and couples earning $500,000. This will raise between $8-11 billion per year.
While Education is our first priority, we recognize there are also other needs. This new initiative first provides for the full funding of Education under Prop 98. Any money available after Education is fully funded will go to health care for seniors and low-income children, up to a maximum of $2 billion per year. Any money after that will go into the state’s Rainy Day budget reserves.
|In order for this initiative to be voted on by the voters in the November General Election our coalition must first collect a minimum of 585,407 signatures from voters to qualify the initiative for the ballot. CSEA’s goal is to collect 30,000 signatures between now and April 8.
Please spread a word about an initiative and its importance among your friends, neighbors, family members. Guild, CSEA and ASGCC are gathering signatures on petitions. Please contact me or Guild President Zohara Kaye if you would like to support an initiative by signing a petition.
There is a resolution prepared by Guild, CSEA and ASGCC presidents that will be submitted to the Board of Trustees at their meeting for adoption.
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