Actually, there are two tax increases on the California ballot this November: Proposition 30 and Proposition 38. However, Prop 30 is the governor’s idea and Prop 38 is the idea of the teachers-are-SOOOO-underpaid-that-we-have-to-increase-taxes crowd. This post deals with Prop 38.
I took this photo at a convenience store in Santa Rosa. Look at it closely. The CA State Lottery Commission is advertising on its own terminals that they gave over $12 million to Public schools in Sonoma County in 2011. I’m sure the other 57 CA counties have something similar on their lottery terminals. So right up front the Lottery Commission is telling you that the schools in your county get millions from the lottery. And they don’t deny it. It is part of the lottery law. 50% of the money goes to prizes, 34% goes to the schools, and 16% goes to administrative costs.
Questions: Then why do we need Prop 38? Why do we need to keep raising taxes to pay for schools? When the lottery was first introduced in 1985 we were told that the lottery would reduce the need for continual tax increases to pay for the schools. OH YES WE WERE!! The lottery was going to free us from, not all future tax increases, but for most of those dealing with school funding. Other tax increases would be for different services rather than the schools.
What changed? Why have the if-you’re-against-tax-increases-for-the-schools-you-are-anti-school-and-worse-anti-teacher crowd been able to ram through higher spending bills for the schools? Or did I just answer my own question? Wasn’t the lottery for this specific purpose? Yes, it was!
Darrell Steinberg, the President Pro Tem of the California State Senate said, “The real problem is that if you have multiple measures on the ballot, you dramatically increase the likelihood that they will all fail. That’s not an acceptable outcome.” (Italics mine)
In other words, you dumb rubes don’t know what’s best for The State. We in the Council of People’s Commissars are the only ones to understand that tax increases are good for you. So fork over more of your money because we need it and you can just do without something. Share a little more misery so the state employees can live a little better.
He may not have said that but I can bet that’s what that socialist was thinking.
Here is what I propose. The schools can keep the lottery money but they have to give up all funding increases through taxes that are not approved by 75% of the voters. No spending increase to the schools is allowed unless 75% of the voters agree. Or they give up the lottery money completely and end all pretense about the lottery “helping the schools.”
Stop the lying.