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Nonpartisan League of Women Voters Endorses Governor's Revenue Initiative

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) has joined the California Teachers Association and a host of other school supporters in endorsing Gov. Jerry Brown's revenue initiative on the November ballot.

If approved by voters, the governor's "The Schools and Public Safety Protection Act of 2012" will levy a 1% income tax hike on the state's wealthiest individuals and families and temporarily boost the state's sales tax by one-quarter of one percent.  The measure will raise $9 billion, including about $6 billion that will go to K-14 public education through provisions of Proposition 98, the constitutional funding protection for schools. The initiative will also provide an additional $250 million for the state's university systems.

“The League of Women Voters of California strongly supports the Schools and Public Safety Protection Act this November because it is the way to start to put California’s finances back on firm footing,” said LWVC President Jennifer A. Waggoner.

“The Governor’s initiative is the only measure on the November ballot that works widthin the framework of the state finance system and, therefore, will actually help eliminate the structural budget deficit. Important government services like health care depend on a balanced, adequate budget. Supporting the Governor’s initiative means protecting schools and local public safety so we can invest in a strong common future for California,”  Waggoner stated.

Click here for more about the League and its endorsement of the governor's initiative: League of Women Voters of California.

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