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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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