Political lesson

Political lesson

Proposition 38 author Molly Munger to speak at town hall meeting

By André Coleman 09/27/2012

Like it? Tweet it! SHARE IT!

With six weeks left before the Nov. 6 election, Pasadena resident and Proposition 38 author Molly Munger will be speaking about the ballot initiative at a town hall meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Eliot Middle School, 2184 N. Lake Ave., Altadena.
Proposition 38 would increase state income taxes on a sliding scale — from a .4 percent increase on those who earn more than $7,000 up to a 2.2-percent increase on people making $2.5 million or more annually — over the next 12 years.
The increase would generate $10 billion a year in revenue, which would be deposited in an account dedicated to funding K-12 education. Thirty percent of revenue raised would be used to repay bond debt. The bill would also set a minimum spending level for child care and preschool.
In competition with Proposition 38 is Proposition 30, a tax initiative sponsored by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown’s measure would raise $6 billion a year by raising income taxes for seven years and the state sales tax for three years. Taxes on those making $250,000 a year or more would be raised by 1 percent over those seven years. The state sales tax would go up a quarter of a cent over three years.  
Revenue from Brown’s initiative would provide enough money for schools to remain open and operating, but with no new revenue. Some of those funds would also be used to maintain other state services, such as public safety.
According to prop38forlocalschools.org, the Pasadena Unified School District would get an infusion of $20 million for the 2013/2014 school year if Munger’s initiative passed. That annual amount would eventually increase to $47 million by the end of the 12-year period.
“It is a huge infusion of funding that would take us back to the level of funding we have back in 2007, before the latest round of severe cuts hit the district,” said Pasadena Board of Education member Ed Honowitz. “It would go a long way toward restoring many of the programs we have to cut.”
According to Honowitz, the money from Proposition 38 could not be used for administrative raises or teacher salary increases, but it could be used to hire more teachers, counselors and librarians.
About 30,000 teachers and administrators have been laid off in California over the past five years.
Munger will be joined by the 2011 LA County Teacher of the Year Tina Repetti-Rezullo, who works at McKinley School, part of the PUSD.
“Essentially, what you would see is more teachers, counselors and librarians.” Honowitz said.

DIGG | del.icio.us | REDDIT

Like it? Tweet it!

Other Stories by André Coleman

Related Articles

Post A Comment

Requires free registration.

(Forgotten your password?")