Thursday, May 23, 2019

Measure EE Works Like The Corporate Program To “Match Gifts” – redqueeninla

Measure EE Works Like The Corporate Program To “Match Gifts” – redqueeninla

Measure EE Works Like The Corporate Program To “Match Gifts”


On June 4, 2019 at the polls, we’ll approve fairly funded Public Education for all by voting YES ON EE. It’s a gift to democracy from the body politic. See here.  https://tinyurl.com/howcorporatematchingworks
In the meantime large corporations and industrial landowners have launched a stunning reveal of Big Business As Scrooge.  They’re sabotaging the rest of us, fueling a deluge of anxiety on social media. Guess what? The questions evoked have straightforward answers:
(1)  WHAT about the lottery?
Experts say:  “Perhaps the biggest misunderstanding about California’s lottery comes down to the false impression people have about its role in funding our schools. … [Because it turns out,]… Well, the lottery doesn’t provide very much to K-12 schools.”
About 20 cents on the dollar goes to K-12 schools for a total of $1 billion dollars a year — actually a drop in the bucket of CA education funding.  The vast majority goes into the pockets of the businesses that sell the tickets and maintain the machines and the lotto system — and the tickets are mostly bought by residents of low-income neighborhoods.  Since a change in the law in 2010, ticket sales have gone up and returns for schools have gone down.  More here:  laist lottery big money small returns.  https://laist.com/2018/06/19/lottery.php
It’s smarter not to send Education dollars to Sacramento but to keep it right here locally, under our own citizen’s watchful eyes (see #7 below).
(2)  Didn’t we already increase our taxes for education?
Temporarily — yes.  In the wake of the Great Recession, we saved our schools with Prop 30 which raised taxes from 2012-2018 on individuals making over $250K (joint filers making over $500K).  A 0.25% sales tax increase ended in 2016.  An extension of the income tax on the wealthy was passed in 2016 (Prop 55) and will last through 2030.  With that assistance, California’s spending on education rose a little but remains in the bottom 20% of all states in the union.
Remember when local business leaders “supported” Prop 30? Remember when CONTINUE READING: Measure EE Works Like The Corporate Program To “Match Gifts” – redqueeninla

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