Gov. Jerry Brown may have deceived California voters last November when he campaigned vigorously for a massive tax increase designed to bring $6 Billion annually to the state’s schools. The state’s voters, by a margin of 55% to 45%, approved Brown’s tax measure, which was named Proposition 30. But did voters get what they think they voted for
Now that California has the $6 Billion, Brown, a Democrat, wants to funnel extra money to school districts where students come from low-income families and have limited skills in English. Less money is to go to wealthier districts.
California voters must be wondering if Gov. Brown deceived them when during the campaign for Proposition 30. He did not mention that the money coming from Proposition 30’s passage would be used to provide more money for low-income school districts.
On April 30, 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported that Brown’s plan “is pitting low-income communities against wealthier ones.” The Journal’s article quoted John Nickerson, superintendant of the Acalanes Union High School District, which encompasses Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, and part of Walnut Creek. All of these communities are in Contra Costa County.
Nickerson, according to the Journal, claims that Brown’s plan would not allow the Acalanes District “. . . to stay solvent . . .”
The Journal’s article mentioned Principal Adam Clark of Miramonte High School in Orinda. Miramonte is in the Acalanes District. The Journal reported that Clark said that a “funding increase that fails to keep up with rising costs now might compel the school to increase class sizes and cut electives . . .”
Proposition 30 increased California’s state sales tax by one-quarter percentage point statewide. Before the proposition’s passage, California already had the highest statutory sales tax in the nation.
Proposition 30 also gave California a top personal income tax bracket of 13.3%. This top bracket is the highest in the nation.