Supervisors take stand on state tax propositions

2012-10-04T18:17:00Z 2012-10-04T18:19:04Z Supervisors take stand on state tax propositions Napa Valley Register
October 04, 2012 6:17 pm

The Napa County Board of Supervisors is urging voters to approve Propositions 30 and 31 while rejecting Proposition 38.

Proposition 30 is the temporary the income tax and quarter-cent sales tax increases Gov. Jerry Brown is pitching to voters to balance the state government’s budget. It would generate about $6 billion annually to fund the public school system.

The sales tax increase would be in effect until 2017, while the increase in the income tax, which would affect — on a sliding scale — those earning more than $250,000 annually, would last until 2019.

Backed by civil rights attorney Molly Munger, Proposition 38 would increase the income tax a sliding scale from .4 percent for those earning the least, starting at $7,316 annually, to 2.2 percent for those earning more than $2.5 million annually.

The increase would last for 12 years and generate about $10 billion for local schools, debt payments, and child care next year, with a trend to generate more than that in years ahead, according to the California attorney general’s office.

Proposition 31 would implement reforms of state government and its budget, changing California to a two-year budget cycle, limiting how much the Legislature could increase state costs, creating more oversight of public programs, and installing new requirements for state and local budgets.

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  1. kevin
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    kevin - October 04, 2012 7:59 pm
    If California is broke, why are the average California teacher wages the highest in the country? And considering our students are among the lowest scoring in the country, it seems the obvious solution is NOT to punish taxpayers but maybe reduce teacher salaries instead?

    Vote NO on Prop 30 and 38.

    While Prop 31 has some good points, it also includes some disturbing details that promote sustainability and regional government that will result in less freedom and restricted property rights. My personal opinion is to vote NO on Prop 31.
  2. inthenews
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    inthenews - October 05, 2012 12:22 am
    punish the teachers? You sir have not done your research on the work, pay or benefits teacher get. You just don't get it.
    Go to a classroom for a day and watch what teachers do, Study the history of the pay . You would change your mind..
    Jeez. next. We should start punishing.
    The city dump when people throw out too much garbage or janitors when toilets clog.
  3. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - October 05, 2012 1:40 am
    Most everything sounds good to me up to the point of making taxpayers subsidize childcare..

    i'm willing to support teachers etc. And btw Kevn, California is a high cost place to live. Of course teacher salaries are going to be higher.

    Once it gets to the point of paying for childcare, I ask the question of why taxpayers should be subsidizing parents to have children and then to care for them after birth?

    Education is mandatory. The government says your child MUST be in an educational setting between certain ages.. If a government forces something upon its people, they owe them a higher level of quality for whatever is forced upon them.

    But childcare? That's not a mandatory thing, yet. We aren't forcing parents of 2 yr. olds to be in preschool for crying out loud. Why are we paying for this? And we wonder why the population has increased nearly 100 milliion in the U.S. in 30 years.

    Government needs to stop playing a nanny role to parents who cannot afford to have children.
  4. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - October 05, 2012 1:44 am
    I meant to say "we aren't forcing parents of 2 yr olds to PUT their children into preschool"!
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