Here are four reasons to be concerned about Proposition 30:
- Californians are taxed enough at present;
- Governor Jerry Brown has designed the tax-hike measure as an abhorrent form of political extortion;
- Much of the revenues from the tax hike would not go to schools, but to politicians, to spend according to their whims; and, lastly . . .
- Money per se is not the problem with the public schools.
California is a state that, deservedly, has a reputation for fiscal imprudence and sleight-of-hand shenanigans. California is the state with the high-cost “bullet train to nowhere,” and it is the state with a $54 million slush fund hidden in the park department’s accounts – kept secret so politicians and bureaucrats could panic voters by threatening park closings.
Taking money from the people during an economic downturn is both unwise and unfair. Yet Prop 30 will be a $50 billion hike in income taxes and sales taxes. California’s tax burden is currently the fourth highest in the country. Increasing that tax burden will have human costs: hobbling job-creation by small business owners, throwing people out of work, and driving people to uproot their lives and leave for other states. If Prop 30 passes, California will have the highest income tax rates and highest sales tax rates in the USA.