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Initiative taxes the wealthy to provide billions for public schools and essential services, helps close the state budget deficit, and pays for realignment
LOS ANGELES -- The CTA State Council of Education, comprised of nearly 800 democratically elected educators from across the state, endorsed the governor’s tax plan at their quarterly meeting in Los Angeles today. The following statement can be attributed to Dean E.Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association:
“Educators know that California cannot continue to cut its way out of ongoing budget problems. We also know that not everyone in California is paying their fair share, and that’s why we are supporting the governor’s tax proposal, which taxes the wealthiest Californians in order to bring additional revenue to our schools, colleges and other essential public services.
“The governor’s initiative is the only initiative that provides additional revenues for our classrooms and closes the state budget deficit, and guarantees local communities will receive funds to pay for the realignment of local health and public safety services that the Legislature approved last year. It’s time to put California back on track and this initiative is the best way to do that. It’s the right choice for our students and their families, our communities and our state.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association