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Napa Letter: Vote Yes on Prop. 30 for Schools

"Education officials say the loss of Prop. 30 would create a $6 billion hole in the public education budget .... California's schools are at the breaking point after suffering more than $20 billion in cuts over the last four years," write

Dear Editor, 

Say “tax initiative” and my eyes glaze over. I’m bombarded, in overload and overwhelmed with political messages. I want to be an informed voter, but it is all so confusing!

I work in the field of education, so I did a little research on Prop. 30. Well  . . .  actually more than a little. 

And with less than a week before the November 6 election, I am moved to hopefully make voters more aware of the impact on public education if Prop. 30 fails.

Education officials say the loss of Prop. 30 would create a $6 billion hole in the public education budget, putting funding for California's schools at a historic low. Without proper funding to ensure college and career readiness for our students, they will be less competitive in the job market and university placement.

Prop 30 is designed mainly to fund California's schools.  And where does this funding come from?  There will be an increase in personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years and also an increase in sales and use tax by a quarter cent for four years.  These funds are reported to generate an estimated $6 billion annually.

A yes vote for Prop. 30 will prevent massive cuts to education and provide billions of dollars in funding for classrooms.  Passing Prop. 30 is essential for public education to get back on its feet!

Need more convincing?  Consider a few facts compiled by the Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Education:

  • California’s schools are at the breaking point after suffering more than $20 billion in cuts over the last four years.
  • California’s classrooms are among the most crowded in the country, and per pupil spending ranks 47th out of 50 states.
  • California schools now employ 30,000 fewer teachers and 15,000 fewer classified support staff than they did four years ago.
  • California’s Community Colleges are tremendously under funded at a time when our students rely on them more than ever.
  • Proposition 30 is the only initiative that will prevent $6 billion in trigger cuts and increase school funding by billions of dollars starting this year.
  • Proposition 30 also protects local safety funding and helps balance the budget to get California back on track.
  • Proposition 30 protects schools and taxpayers by directing money into a special account for public schools and the legislature cannot touch and prevents any money from being used for state bureaucracy.
  • Mandatory, independent annual audits will insure Proposition 30 funds are spent ONLY for schools and public safety.
  • Proposition 30 is supported by Governor Jerry Brown, the California School Employees Association, the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers, the University of California Board of regents, the California State University Board of Trustees, the California School boards Association, the Association of California School Administrators, and the League of Women Voters.
  • The Board of Education of the Napa Valley Unified School District strongly supports Proposition 30, Schools and Local Pubic Safety Protection Act and urges Californians to vote YES on Proposition 30 to take a stand for our schools.

So from one voter to another, I am urging a YES Vote on Proposition 30. We face an enormous challenge to public education and much is at stake!  

Carolynne Gamble, Concerned California Educator

Carolynne Gamble works at Napa Valley Adult Education and Napa Valley College

bucket October 28, 2012 at 06:49 PM
NO more taxes....
Karl Voigt October 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Look at her job. Just another self serving, face in the trough, drone trying to protect her job.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Yeah Karl, because people who chose to teach our snotty, rude and often spoiled kids are soooooo self serving. I mean everyone knows they are raking in the dough and part of the 1%! How dare they fight to make sure they can provide our kids with an education! (Please note my sarcasm)
DBell October 29, 2012 at 04:05 PM
The real problem here is the democrats in Sacramento cant do their job and balance the budget. Seriously who passes a budget on the expectation of passing a tax increase ballot initiative down the road? Seriously?? So instead of having the kahonee's to make budget cuts they need to make, the push off programs that will play hard on (all) voters emotions, our children's education. Why didn't they secure the education budget and instead put something like welfare cuts and other social programs on the chopping block? Because they would have a better chance of getting an education tax increase to pass. If you believe otherwise your ignorant. This quote from arguments in favor of is hilariously ironic; "Prop. 30 balances our budget and helps pay down California’s debt—built up by years of gimmicks and borrowing" Built up by gimmicks? you mean like passing the budget on the come of, to be voted on later, tax increases? Cool Aide at is finest.
bucket October 30, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Problem is after they tax us into the poor house and we can cloth, feed or house our children yet pay the gas to get them to school what good does the school do? Check out for yourself home much more federal and state tax everyone will be paying come 01/01/2013....Even the lowest tax bracket pay five percent more, plus the child deduction is cut in half. There are 21 new taxes and if you think they only affect the one percent, I have a bridge to sell you. Count your pennies and save them...find out what your tax burden is before you vote to give up even more....

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