Editor: What’s really at stake?
Prop 30 has become quite famous in recent months, however few people know the risks of passing this specific proposition.
Prop 30 suggests that the income tax of those earning $250,000 or more should be taxed at a higher rate, and the sales tax in California should be increased as well. The money earned from these increases are supposed to go to the schools. Upon reading the letter of the proposition, one quickly notices that these famous claims regarding school and academic funding are promises waiting to be broken.
The proposition claims that it will give money to the schools, but section 3b of the plan states that, “this proposition is for the state budget” and leaves schools, once again, at the mercy of the state.
The money raised from this proposition goes directly to the state: the same people who cut the education in the first place.
If this proposition does not pass, the state of California threatens to cut an additional $6 billion from the education department, exclusively. However, they could have made an equivalent amount of cuts in other departments, and in government spending. They specifically chose to cut education to scare people into voting for this higher tax, that does not even guarantee money for that department.
As Californians, we pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, and we still manage to maintain a skyrocketing debt, with no concrete plan to halt, or or slow it down. Prop 30 gives the government more money, and more power to tank the economy of the state.
is this the change and the choice that you want in your state?
In the past 4 years, public schools have had a hard time with layoffs, pay cuts, and furlough days. Are you ready to risk losing a specific portion of your income? Are you ready for the state to tax the life out of small businesses, and entrepreneurs the highest employer in the United States?
“I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.”
The promises made by the government are not ones that are kept. Do not fall into their trap No on prop 30.