Voters Defeat Tax Hike for Education, Early Childhood Programs

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Molly Munger’s Proposition 38, which would have increased Californians’ income taxes on a sliding scale to fund education, has been voted down.

With almost 27 percent of precincts reporting, the Secretary of State’s office says only 25.9 percent of voters cast their ballots in support of the proposition, and 74.1 percent voted against.

In a statement, Prop. 38 architect Munger conceded:

“Thank you to the many thousands of volunteers, community activists and many others who worked so hard and selflessly on behalf of Proposition 38. This year you helped raise awareness dramatically about the importance of increasing taxes to support public education.

“In the fight for Proposition 38, a powerful coalition has begun coming together and a strong movement has been formed.  As we continue this fight, we can and will build on all the good work that has been done.

“Transformational change takes time and we are committed to staying the course until our state truly does tackle this school-funding crisis.

“So the fight will continue. Whether we are back at the ballot, in Sacramento working on legislation, or finding other new, innovative ways to tackle this incredibly important issue, you can count on us to be there.”

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