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Proposition 76

Vote No on Proposition 76NO on Proposition 76: The “Cuts School Funding Act”

This measure would devastate our public schools and other vital services, cutting school funding by over $4 billion every year - $600 per student, leading to more overcrowded classrooms, teacher layoffs, and fewer textbooks and classroom materials. Our schools lost two billion dollars when Governor Schwarzenegger broke his promise to repay the money he took from education, and if this initiative passes, the Governor will never have to repay that money to our schools. It also overturns the voter-approved Proposition 98, eliminating the minimum funding guarantee for education. It also cuts funding for local government –– cutting police and firefighters, as well as local health care services that protect children and the elderly. This initiative hurts our most vulnerable populations including the sick, the elderly and the young.

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Proposition 76, or as we call it, the “Cut School Funding Act,” slashes funding for our public schools, cutting nearly $4 billion every year, or $600 per student. It even overturns the voter-approved Proposition 98, eliminating the minimum funding guarantee for education.

This will lead to more overcrowded classrooms, teacher layoffs, and fewer textbooks and classroom materials.

It also cuts funding for cities and counties, cutting police and firefighters, as well as local health care that protects children and the elderly. That means fewer police on the streets and fewer firefighters able to respond to emergencies.

These local government cuts mean that community clinics relying on county funds could be forced to shut down, and that county hospitals would also be more at-risk for closing.

This initiative would also cap spending on voter-approved programs like the early childhood programs that are already paid for with the tobacco tax. This could mean cuts to local pre-school and child health programs.

This initiative also undermines our democratic system of checks and balances by giving the governor awesome new powers without any oversight.

Under this initiative, the Governor could declare a “fiscal emergency” and cut funding for vital services like education, health care, fire and police without approval from anyone else.

Even if you trust this Governor, who knows what future governors will do with this power.

And this initiative does nothing to prevent tax hikes. In fact, if it passes, the Governor and Legislature are free to raise car taxes, income taxes or property taxes at their will. Even the California Republican Assembly says that this initiative “actually encourages tax increases.”

CALIFORNIANS CAN’T AFFORD PROPOSITION 76. It would devastate our public schools, health care, fire and police. It attacks our system of checks and balances. And it opens the door to higher taxes. Vote No on Prop. 76.