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Californians will be voting on two propositions this November and the stakes are high. Will we reject Brown’s tax proposal and drown an already sinking public school system? Will we be tricked into silencing the voice of workers in our rush to get money out of politics?

The Dream Menders are hosting a rally to inform, educate and rally the public to support Prop. 30 and to defeat Prop. 32.

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Prop. 30: Save Our Schools
Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years.

Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years.

Allocates temporary tax revenues 89% to K–12 schools and 11% to community colleges.

Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are to be spent.

Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.


California schools and teachers have been asked to cutback year after year with the promise the funds would be made up, but due to either necessity or neglect they were never paid back. It is time for the citizens to do what the state’s politicians have refused to do.  

The Munger tax proposal Prop. 38 has been portrayed in the media as a competing proposition and while it is true, the proposition with the most votes becomes law, all is not lost.  If both passed, the areas of the laws that conflict would be ruled by the winning proposition, but the remaining parts of the losing proposition could still become law.

Gov. Brown argued that whichever gets more votes, the winning measure only precludes certain provisions -- and not the entirety -- of the losing measure from going into effect. That means a dogged proponent could pick through the pieces like scrap from the scrapyard and try to salvage what remained, possibly even fighting in court to get the parts worked into the winning measure.

"People can vote yes on both, and we would be in the best case scenario if both passed," Gov. Brown


Current polling shows Prop. 30 with 51% voting for and 36% against, Prop. 38 with 41% voting for and 46% against. If Prop. 30 does not pass, schools face another $6 billion in cuts next year. We must not allow this to happen, we must save our schools.

Prop. 32: Save Our Speech

Prop. 32 is a deceitful attempt by the likes of the Koch brothers to silence the voice of workers.

Ban both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates

Ban contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them

Ban automatic deductions by corporations, unions, and government of employees’ wages to be used for politics


Now let’s break this down:

“Ban both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates.”

Seem fair..?? Not really,  they would still have their pacs and super pacs and if the unions can no longer control how they can raise money, the unions’ voices would be silenced.

“Ban contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them.”

Sound fair...?? At our April "Getting Money Out of Politics" event, Sally Lieber, former State Assembly Speaker Pro Tem explained how this dance is done. Most lobbyists have more than one client, so let’s say Bob the Lobbyist has for his clients ACME Prison Systems Inc. and Taught4Less Schools Inc.. Bob then goes to State Rep. Tool(R) informing him how important it is to pass the latest prison privatization bill and later that night after Rep. Tool votes for the prison bill, Bob gives our servant of the public a check for $50,000 from Taught4Less. Next week when the “Public School Destruction Act” comes up for a vote and after Rep. Tool cast his vote in favor, he returns to his office to find a check from ACME Prison Systems. They are attempting to make a rule they already know how dance around.

“Ban automatic deductions by corporations, unions, and government of employees’ wages to be used for politics.”

What..?? Have you ever worked for a company or government agency that deducts money from your paycheck for political purposes? Of course not, this is just a deceitful attempt to deny union workers the right to decide amongst themselves how to collect money for political purposes. Unions are democracies, they should have the freedom to make their own decisions on this subject.

Current polling shows Prop. 32 leaning in our favor, 38% for, 44% against, but we must continue to shine a light on the deceitful corporate backers of Prop. 32…

San Jose ~ Measure D: Save Our Salary

An effort to increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour with future required cost of living raises annually. Speak up for economic justice.

Please join us:

Wednesday, October 10
6:00pm to 7:30pm
San José City Hall Plaza
200 E. Santa Clara Street

Master of Ceremonies:
Cindy Chavez ~ Executive Director, Working Partnerships USA

Ash Kalra ~ San José City Council, District 2
Shawn Bagley ~ Regional Director, CA Democratic Party
Jennifer Thomas ~ Vice President, San José Teachers' Association
Scott Myers-Lipton ~ Sociology Professor, SJSU
Craig Dunkerley ~ California Clean Money Campaign

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Update: Edited out the section referring to a 2/3 vote. A simple majority is all that is required to pass prop. 30.

Originally posted to Dream Menders on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 01:27 PM PDT.

Also republished by J Town.

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