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Brown Still Likely to Face Rival Tax Measures in November

Aired 3/16/12 on KPBS News.

Despite the compromise between Governor Jerry Brown and backers of a rival tax measure, voters could still see more than one tax initiative on the November ballot.

As soon as Brown announced a compromise with backers of the Millionaires Tax, all eyes turned to Molly Munger. She's the wealthy civil rights advocate self-funding an education tax measure. And she quickly made a statement: a one-and-a-half million dollar donation. The California State PTA supports Munger's initiative. President Carol Kocivar said the governor's deal doesn't change a thing.

"We need to have an initiative that really reflects the values of our voters," said Kocivar, "and one of the things that they're telling us is they want a high-quality education. And that's what this initiative does."

The campaign for another, lower-profile, initiative said it's moving ahead too. It would net the state a billion dollars by closing a corporate tax loophole known as the "single sales factor" - and split it between energy efficiency projects and the state's general fund.

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mcdez | March 24, 2012 at 11:52 p.m. ― 5 years ago

The PTA/Molly Munger initiative is by far the best one for education. $20 billion cut from schools over the last four years, money diverted, money deferred. Enough is enough. Who is going to sustain income taxes and help our state function if we have an uneducated and under educated work force? We will remain in our deficit hole as long as funding for education lags. CA has the largest student to teacher, student to administrator and student to counselor ratio in the COUNTRY. We would need to increase funding to each and every classroom in CA by $60,000 a year just to CATCH UP to the national AVERAGE.

The "Our Children Our Future" initiative calls for a broad based income tax on all but the poorest. A median income of $55,000 would be taxed $250 -- you probably spend that on cookie dough, wrapping paper, magazine subscriptions and whatever else the schools are asking their students to peddle these days just to provide the basics.

The money will be over and above any Prop 98 minimum and DOES NOT PASS THROUGH SACRAMENTO. It instead goes directly to school districts -- early childhood programs, preschool and K-12, with strict accountability. It cannot be used to raise current teacher salaries, but can be used to hire new teachers to help reduce class sizes.

PTA has been advocating for kids - for free -- for 115 years. My vote goes with them and the kids.

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