Republicans Release Budget Plan That Gives More Funding to Schools
Friday, April 25, 2008
Villines: We want to put more money, year over year, into education. We want to honor prop. 98. And we don't' want to see pink slips going out. We think it's bad for the psychology of California. We think we can honor all of that and there's no reason to do it. So it's off the table. Let's move education off and now get to the broader budget."
Prop. 98 is the voter-approved guarantee that schools get roughly 40 percent of the state's general fund each year. It can be suspended with a two-thirds vote of the legislature, but Republicans say they don't want to do that. Democrats say while it's a step in the right direction, cutting other areas like health care to fund education isn't the answer. They say a tax increase is needed to fully fund schools.
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