As part of teacher union “Take Action, Unite for Education” rallies across the state, California Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (AD-11), headlined a rally in Concord where she called for even higher taxes for education. In her plea for more tax dollars for education, Wednesday (May 18), Bonilla called for an extension of California’s 2009 tax increases that voters rejected last year.
Addressing an audience of some 150 people in Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza, Ms. Bonilla said, “Education is the doorway to opportunity.”
Ms. Bonilla has endorsed Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to extend the 2009 tax increases for five years. Mr. Brown is a Democrat. To enact the governor’s plan, Ms. Bonilla said that two Republican votes in the State Assembly and two Republican votes in the State Senate would be needed.
Ms. Bonilla said that, “We’re here today — united.” About half a dozen other speakers joined Ms. Bonilla in asking for more funds for education.
On April 1, 2009, the state sales tax went up one percentage point. In most parts of Contra Costa County, the sales tax went from 8.25 percent to 9.25 percent.
In November 2010, Concord’s voters supported an additional increase in the sales tax. The increase only applies within the boundaries of Concord. The sales-tax hike went into effect on April 1, 2011. The tax went from 9.25 percent to 9.75 percent.