California Governor Jerry Brown is making the rounds a week before Election Day and his next stop is AirTalk. The politics of the Golden State are a complicated business and Governor Brown will give his top down appraisal of a variety of issues - from the role of organized labor in state politics and the prison realignment to this election year’s bevy of ballot initiatives, including Brown’s signature Prop 30.
Prop 30 is designed to help California’s struggling schools with an infusion of cash that would be raised by increasing taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year and temporarily bumping up the state sales tax a quarter of a cent. If approved, Prop 30 would prevent $6 billion in cuts from being instituted in the middle of the current school year as well as curb steep tuition hikes for college students.Detractors feel that although California’s schools could use more funding, yet another tax hike isn’t the way to do it.
What is the best way to help California’s schools with their budget crisis? What effect would the passage of Prop 30 have on schools? On taxpayers? What are the most important issues on the ballot this year?
Jerry Brown, Governor of California
Jon Coupal, president, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association