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Field Poll: More than 72% Oppose Automatic Cuts to Public Education, Safety

The vast majority of California voters – more than 72% of them – oppose the automatic or “trigger cuts” in the state budget that will take effect if the governor’s November revenue initiative is rejected, according to a Field Poll released on July 4.

Only 19% of those polled say they favor the trigger cuts, which will slash another $6 billion for K-14 public education and the state’s two university systems.

Voters can protect schools and public safety programs from these cuts by approving the governor’s Protect Our Schools and Local Public Safety Initiative on the November general election ballot.

The measure would raise an estimated $9 billion by raising income taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents and temporarily boosting the sales tax by a quarter of one percent.

More information about the Field Poll can be found at July 4 Field Poll Release.

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State Treasurer Lockyer Says He'll Cast Ballot for Governor's Revenue Plan to Protect Schools, Local Public Safety

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is the latest in a growing list of public officials who are standing width the California Teachers Association and millions of working women and men to support Gov. Jerry Brown's November ballot measure that would stave off additional devastating cuts to public schools and local police and other protection services.

The governor's "Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012" would raise $9 billion annually -- more than $6 billion of it for K-12 schools, the community colleges, and the state's university systems -- by boosting income taxes on California's wealthiest families, those earning more than $500,000 annually.  The initiative would also temporarily boost the state's sales tax by a quarter of one percent.

"I'm voting for the governor's tax proposal," Lockyer told members of the Sacramento Press Club Thursday, according to the Sacramento Bee's David Sider.  "The cuts to education if it doesn't pass are so severe that it will injure our ability to produce an informed citizenry and workforce that we need for the future of California, so I'm a 'yes' vote."

To read more about the state treasurer's comments, see Sider's State Treasurer Bill Lockyer says he's a "yes" on Jerry Brown's tax measure.

For more information about the "Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012," see  Protect  Schools and Public Safety.



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Empire Strikes Back: “Anti-Tax Crusaders” Launch Attack on Measure to Protect Schools

With the primary election balloting barely a week old, three groups of anti-tax forces are set to announce they have put their gun sights on a November revenue initiative that would protect public schools from another $6 billion in devastating cuts.

The business groups – The National Federation of Independent Business/California,  the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the Small Business Action Committee  – have scheduled a 10 AM news conference Tuesday in Sacramento to announce their efforts to defeat the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012,  according to Joel Fox, President of the Small Business Action Committee.

That ballot measure – spearheaded by Gov. Jerry Brown and backed by teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officials, and other supporters of vital public services – would provide $9 billion by taxing families making more than $500,000 annually and temporarily boosting the sales tax by one-quarter percent.

The revenues would protect local public safety services and stave off cuts to K-12 public education that could force local schools to cut short their instructional school year by more than three weeks.

Educators, education support professionals, firefighters, police officers, and other backers of the schools and public safety revenue measure are already hard at work educating their colleagues, parents, and community members about the crucially important choice they will have in November.

Click here for an information sheet about the revenue measure: Protect  Schools and Public Safety.

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