There is a lot on the line this November. The importance of November 8 Election cannot be overstated.
Proposition 55 maintains the current income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians to prevent nearly $4 billion in funding cuts to public education. During the recession, our public schools K-12 and community colleges lost over $50 billion in funding. We can't afford to go back to that. Support maintaining the tax rate on the wealthiest Californians.
Proposition 55 protects our students and public schools from massive budget cuts, layoffs, larger classes and tuition increases. Proposition 55 is not increasing taxes on anyone. It maintains previous increases only on the wealthiest Californians. Proposition 55 puts new revenue into a specific fund, the Education Protection Account, to make sure the money goes to local schools. The initiative will generate an estimated $8 billion per year on average.
While Proposition 55 will be on the ballot for all California registered voters, Measure GC is restricted to Glendale and Montrose residents. In no way does this means that if we live outside of the vicinity, we cannot do anything. The only way a bond measure can succeed is with staff support. We all can make financial contributions and sign up to volunteer for phone banking.
If we, the staff, are behind the measure, we can convince people outside of the campus to help finance it, or volunteer to make phone calls or canvass for it, or vote for it.
Please go to www.YesonGC.org to endorse, to donate, and to volunteer. The CSEA Chapter 76 liaison between classified employees and consultants on the bond measure is Victor Castellanos and if you have any questions or want to help, you may also contact him.
Many of us have witnessed, and benefitted from, major improvements to the campus with the Measure G passage in 2002. The $325 million bond, if passed, will be used for special projects such as upgrading electrical and technology infrastructure, improving deteriorating gas and sewer lines, upgrading structures, and increasing access for students with disabilities to name a few.