Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 will raise sales tax by a quarter-cent for four years and high-earners’ income taxes for seven years. This will raise an estimated $6 Billion in annual state revenues through the next five years to support our public education system. If the proposition fails, California residents will face lasting damaging consequences that go beyond academics. In fact, according to a policy analyst for the California Budget Project, there is a risk unknown to voters underlying Proposition 30 – a series of cuts leaving the State of California with a huge deficit and perpetual losses that will render our public programs unsustainable.
Public benefits advocates suggest the real benefit of the November initiative is the sustainability that stems from effective program planning, not just coming up with a one-time solution to save California’s public programs. Note that Proposition 30 is no substitute for long-term reforms in education funding, pensions, and other areas. Rather, it is a timely and sensible response to the current crisis.
Once again, health care and social service programs are targets in budget-deficit discussions and cost-cutting initiatives. This implicates deeper cuts to Tri-City Health Center’s programs, which many of our patients heavily rely on for their livelihood.
Therefore, Tri-City Health Center urges you to take a stand and vote for a balanced budget in November. This newsletter is designed to help voters reach an informed decision based on the merits of the issues.