I remember years ago, when the California Lottery was enacted, a large portion of its income was dedicated to schools. I also remember that the state government reduced its funding to schools by the same amount. The net result was that schools had no more money than before the lottery. I fear the same thing will occur if either Propositions 30 or 38 are approved. State funding to schools will be reduced by the same amount as raised by the proposition.
Current TV ads favoring Proposition 38 mention increased taxes at both ends of the income range. Nothing is mentioned for the middle where most of our tax rates fall. A family with a taxable income of $60,000 will pay $840 more each year in state taxes, an income of $100,000 will pay $1,600 more and $140,000 will pay $2,520 more. This increase represents 17-23 percent more in state taxes, depending how much one makes. Read your voter pamphlet and calculate for yourself how much more you’ll pay if Proposition 38 is approved.
Proposition 30 increases sales tax by a quarter of 1 percent for those of us with an income of less than $250,000 per year.
If Proposition 30 is not approved, our governor has promised to cut funding to schools, police and fire, all services we desperately need. The governor will not address state inefficiency, bureaucracy, pensions, union give-aways, or eliminate unnecessary committees or programs like the $5 billion bullet train.
Even if Proposition 30 is passed, I’d bet our state government will continue to spend more than it takes in.
Leroy (Lee) Larson, Auburn