With polling numbers showing that Obama probably will easily take California, some might think they don’t need to show up to the polls. But they do, especially if they care about the future of public education in California. I’m talking about Proposition 30.
If Prop. 30 fails, there will be $6 billion cuts to the public schools. This is not an idle threat — these are “trigger cuts” that were built into the state budget should Prop. 30 not pass. These cuts will come on top of the $20 billion that has been cut from education spending since 2007. This will affect all of the UCs, all of the CSUs, the community colleges, and, of course, the K-12 schools (who will bear the brunt of the cuts).
Most of the tax money will be raised by increasing the income tax on singles making more than $250,000 per year or couples making more than $500,000. Only the amounts over $250,000 (or $500,000 for couples) will see the increased tax.
There is also an increased sales tax of one-quarter cent that everyone will pay. That only amounts to an extra penny for every $4 you spend on taxable items (so, for example, food would not be included). The new taxes would expire after four years.
In other words, the bulk of the new taxes fall on the wealthier among us.
It is no exaggeration to say that the future of public education in California depends on passing Prop. 30. Please show up at the polls on Nov. 6, and please vote in favor of Prop. 30.