STOCKTON, CA — “We lost 30 thousand workers in the schools both teachers and schools employees. 170,000 school workers across the state have taken furlough days, unpaid days, in order to help with this budget crisis, we rank at the bottom of all 50 states in staff students ratio,” said Rose Roach, Field Director of the River Delta California School Employees Association discussed education and the tax initiatives on the November 2012 ballot.
According to Roach’s presentation at the monthly El Concilio’s Coalition meeting on Friday, April 27th, the K-12 budget has been cut to nearly half of what it used to be since 2008.
Education is just one of the areas that have suffered from budget cuts in California; many programs including childcare to public safety have been heavily affected. Therefore, Governor, Jerry Brown has put together a temporarily initiative known as the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012. He hopes to stabilize the 2012-2013 state’s budget by raising income taxes on highest income house hold. The Act targets the 3% of families of the upper income tiers and it offers smaller tax increases to those on the lower incomes. It also increases the sales tax by one quarter of 1%.
“The sales tax means that for every hundred dollars that you spend you will pay one quarter more to help the state and fund our schools,” said Roach.
The revenue increases are temporary, with the income tax provisions lasting seven years and the sales tax provisions lasting four years.
“The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act is the only initiative that will stabilize and protect critical public safety programs that allow local law enforcement and sheriffs to protect the citizens of this great state,” said Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, President of the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) in a press release.