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Attack on Schools: California Special Election Prop 76 Analysis
Prop 76 would end the guarantees of minimum school funding for K-14 provided by Prop 98, and allow the Governor to declare a state of financial emergency. That declaration would allow him to amend the state budget as he saw fit It would limit state spending increases to a set percentage, and would authorize a massive reallocation of funding for education that is now guaranteed whenever the General Fund is in surplus.
CITIZENS TO SAVE CALIFORNIA, A COALITION OF BUSINESS & TAXPAYER ORGANIZATIONS TO REFORM CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS, YES ON PROPOSITIONS 74 & 76 $10,283,450 as of 9-18-05*
*Who are these guys? Find them here.
Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team (whose contributors include Albertson’s, Blue Cross of California, Cingular Wireless, Citigroup, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Outback Steakhouse, Sears , Roebuck & Company, Sun Microsystems, Toyota Motor Sales, Verizon, Walgreens, and Williams Sonoma) plus contributors like Apple Computer, ChevronTexaco, Citigroup, California Chamber of Commerce, Cendant Corporation, CH2MHill, Deloitte & Touche, Long’s Drugs, Safeway, WalMart Stores, etc.
Source: California Secretary of State.
NO ON 76, EDUCATORS, FIREFIGHTERS, SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, HEALTH CARE GIVERS AND LABOR ORGANIZATIONS, $19,672,632 as of 9-18-05*
*Who are these guys: The bulk of their money comes from Alliance for a Better California, the union-backed group also opposing Prop 75. Find them here.
The Alliance for a Better California includes:
* American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
* Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
* California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA)
* California Faculty Association (CFA)
* California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
* California Labor Federation
* California Professional Firefighters (CPF)
* California School Employees Association (CSEA)
* California Teachers Association (CTA)
* Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
* Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
* SEIU Local 1000
* Minorities in Law Enforcement
For complete, up to date funding information on this and other propositions see Around the Capitol.com’s Election Track site.
In this measure we see the elementary argument about which path our society should take: the conservative direction that government should provide services only minimally, if at all; or the progressive direction, that our society understands the necessity of public funding of societal values, such as world-class public education.
A recent Field Poll shows that Prop. 76 is generating an increasingly negative reaction from those likely to vote in November. Last June, 42% were inclined to vote No and 35% supported the measure. Now, the No proportion has soared to 65%, while the Yes vote has declined to 19%.
The amount of money being spent on this ballot measure would go a long way toward funding public education in California.