One of the biggest challenges voters will be faced with in November is whether or not to raise taxes across the board.
Many call Proposition 30 Governor Brown’s “Baby” because he’s pushing for it hard. According to the Governor, “Prop 30 needs to pass in order to keep California from sinking even deeper.”
Here’s a quick check on what Prop 30 would mean if it passes.
Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years.
Increases sales tax by 1/4% from 7.25 to 7.50 for four years.
Allocates temporary tax revenues of 89% to K-12 schools and 11% to community colleges.
Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are to be spent.
Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.
According to Governor Brown’s office the big winner is Prop 30 passes is education. But Ken Payne, the President of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, says there’s more to it than the title and summary that will appear on the ballot.
“The ballot title and summary are misleading and deceptive. The only time education comes in is if it doesn’t pass and certain cuts are scheduled for education, but those cuts could come any place,” said Payne.
But representatives with the ‘Yes on Prop 30’ campaign say even a possible cut it a cut that can’t happen. Shannan Brown is the President of the Teachers Association for the San Juan Unified School District and according to her, timing is everything.
“Prop 30 is the only measure that stops the cuts from occurring right now. Written into Prop 30 is trigger language that would trigger more cuts, we’d be facing $6 billion more in cuts. If we do nothing now those cuts will roll through,” said Brown.