September 20, 2012 – The November Ballot Initiative, Proposition 30, is key to preserving what remains of long term services and supports after years of state cuts. Why? Isn’t this tax increase for California’s wealthy targeted at preserving public school funding, along with community colleges and universities? Yes, but the revenue infusion would attack the state’s “structural deficit,” freeing up an estimated $5.6 billion General Fund dollars this year and more over the next seven years.
Prop 30 would also put the recent “Realignment” into the state constitution, an important safeguard for counties that are taking on funding and responsibility for public safety and social services programs that once belonged to the state. For more information, read the California Budget Project’s Brief on Prop 30.