AFT 1521 urges you to vote for two important ballot measures in November – one that will boost greatly-needed funding for education and the other that provides for affirmative action.
Proposition 15 will place a tax on commercial and industrial properties, based on their market value, which will be spent for education and local government initiatives.
Here’s why these are important to those of us in the field of education.
“Since the passage of Proposition 13, education in California has been underfunded,” explained Guild Director of Government Relations John McDowell.
“Tax revenue from corporations in California and a portion of state income revenue have diminished tremendously. Prop 15 would make taxes on large businesses go back to the rates they were before Prop 13. The share of taxes paid by corporations has declined tremendously over the last 20 to 30 years. We need these taxes to fund education.”
Proposition 16 -- the Affirmative Action Amendment -- would repeal Proposition 209, which prevented the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting.
According to Guild Political Director Natalina Monteiro, the implementation of affirmative action practices would help level the playing field for students and faculty alike.
“Education is the great equalizer, but you’ve got to give people a chance,” said Monteiro. “Affirmative action could give those of us who have worked so hard a chance of achieving that America dream.”