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Proposition 87: Bad Policy and Bad News
for California Schools

Contrary to the misleading propaganda put forth by Prop 87’s sponsors, this $4 billion oil tax initiative means double trouble for our schools. The Legislative Analyst reports Prop 87 would reduce both state and local revenues – funds that would no longer be available to our schools. The principal author of the state’s education funding guarantee (Proposition 98) and one of the state’s most respected education finance experts reports Prop 87 would rob schools of their fair share of new revenues.

If Prop 87 is approved, it would encourage other special interests to place measures on the ballot which circumvent the constitutional requirements of Prop 98, with serious consequences for our schools in the short and long-term -- an issue that should be of great concern to any organization that cares about schools and their funding in California.

John Mockler, Principal author of Proposition 98 states:
“At a time when California school funding is already below the national average, Prop 87 will make matters worse. It could deny schools their fair share of up to $1.9 billion in new revenues over the next 10 years."

Elizabeth Hill, California State Legislative Analyst, reports that Prop 87 would result in a “Reduction in Local Property Tax Revenues” and “Reduction in Income Tax Revenues.”

Larry Reider, Superintendent of Education for Kern County, states:
“We are concerned about the cycle of statewide ballot initiatives which constitutionally lock away funding in protected accounts, keeping education’s fair share out of reach. We oppose Proposition 87.”

Kevin Burton, Trustee, Fruitvale Unified Board of Education states:
“Prop 87 would raise billions of new taxpayer dollars – but not one penny is dedicated to K-12 schools.”

Jose Luis Solache, Vice President, Lynwood Unified Board of Education warns:
Make no mistake. Prop 87 harms schools and would have a serious impact on Prop 98 funding in the future.”

Prop 87 Reduces Education Funds
The state’s independent Legislative Analyst reports that while Prop 87 would place $4 billion of new tax revenue into a “special fund,” it will actually reduce the state’s general fund revenues. That means less money for schools. According to the Legislative Analyst, Prop 87’s tax would be automatically deducted from corporate income taxes that currently go directly into the state’s General Fund and which contribute to education’s fair share of the state budget under Proposition 98.

Prop 87 Exempts Itself from Prop 98 Requirements – Robs Education of $1.9 Billion in New Funds
Our state Constitution (Proposition 98) requires that a portion of new state tax revenues be spent on schools, but Prop 87 exempts itself from that law, robbing education of its fair share of future revenues (Sec. 4(e) of Prop 87).

John Mockler, a leading expert in California education funding and the principal author of Proposition 98, pegs this loss of revenue to schools at approximately $1.9 billion over ten years. (For John Mockler’s complete analysis, click here).

Reduces Local Property Tax Revenues That Support Schools
The Legislative Analyst also reports that property tax revenues in counties throughout the state will decline under Prop 87 in addition to state General Fund revenues. A portion of those property taxes due to schools will have to be reimbursed by the state, further reducing General Fund revenues. For some school districts, there would be no reimbursement from the state.

Billions of New Tax Dollars – Not One Penny Dedicated to K-12 Schools
Prop 87 proponents point to one sentence in their 31-page initiative (Sec. 26050(a)) which says school districts with fleets may apply for funding to help convert their bus fleets to alternative energy technology, but provides no guarantee they’ll get those funds. That’s it. And, what they don’t tell you is that those school districts would be competing with any number of private fleet owners, private companies and individuals for the same pot of money.

And, those limited funds come at the expense of the state Education Budget as a whole which supports all school services, faculty and staff, and which the state’s Legislative Analyst reports Prop 87 will reduce. Hardly a fair trade-off for California schools.

Schools Would be Denied $1.9 Billion in New Revenues?
Actually, it could be more than that. While Prop 87 requires the new agency spend $4 billion, it places no limit on the tax increase. So, the new tax could go on indefinitely, providing billions upon billions for the new bureaucracy to spend, with not one cent of it going to K-12 classrooms. And, Prop 87 authorizes the new agency to sell billions in bonds they may not be able to repay, which could force a state bailout, taking away even more General Fund revenues.

No Representatives of K-12 School Community at the Table
Prop 87 authors wrote specific criteria for the career experience of the appointees who will decide how to spend the new money. One higher education representative is included, and higher education facilities are eligible for research funds. They also specified which state officials to include. But, not one representative from K-12 education community made their list to ensure any of the new funds go to K-12 school districts.

Higher Fuel Costs for School Districts
Despite Prop 87’s sponsors’ promises, a $4 billion tax on California oil production will mean higher fuel costs. School transportation budgets are already stretched to the limit. Prop 87 would only make it worse.

No Requirement that All of Prop 87’s New Taxes Be Spent in California
How can Prop 87 proponents promise economic growth in California, when the measure doesn’t even require they spend all the new taxes in California, much less in the U.S.? The California Chamber of Commerce, California Black Chamber of Commerce, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and small business associations throughout California oppose Prop 87.

Creates Huge New Bureaucracy, No Accountability,
No Requirement They Show Results
No one knows where Prop 87’s $4 billion would go for sure. Its new state bureaucracy -- run by more than 50 political appointees -- has the power to write its own process for allocating all the money. Billions of dollars allocated – outside the state budget review process and outside the normal checks and balances that govern other agencies.

Moreover, the new bureaucracy is authorized to spend additional taxes year after year after year, even if they are making absolutely no progress advancing alternative energy use or reducing petroleum use.

That’s a recipe for waste, not progress.

7 posted on 09/19/2006 5:23:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families --
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Who Opposes?
(as of September 18, 2006)

Taxpayer Organizations
Alameda County Taxpayers Association
Butte County Taxpayers Association
Butte County Citizens for Better Government
California Taxpayer Protection Committee
California Taxpayers’ Association
Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group
Contra Costa Taxpayers Association
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Humboldt Taxpayers League*
Kern County Taxpayers Association
Marin United Taxpayers Association
National Tax Limitation Committee
National Taxpayers Union
Orange County Taxpayers Association
Sacramento County Taxpayers League
San Diego County Taxpayers Association*
San Diego Tax Fighters
Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association
Sonoma County Taxpayers’ Association
United Californians for Tax Reform
Valley Taxpayer’s Coalition, Inc.
Ventura County Taxpayers Association
Waste Watchers, Inc.
Yolo County Taxpayers Association

State & National Organizations
Air Transport Association of America, Inc.
Alliance for Retail Energy Markets
Association of Energy Service Companies
(California Chapter)
Associated General Contractors of California
Automobile Club of Southern California
Black Business Association
California Autobody Association
California Black Chamber of Commerce
California Business Properties Association
California Business Roundtable
California Chamber of Commerce
California Coalition of Law Enforcement
Associations* (CCLEA)
California Department of Forestry and Fire
Protection (CDF Firefighters)
California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
California Furniture Manufacturer’s Association
California Grocers Association
California Independent Grocers &
Convenience Stores
California Independent Oil Marketers Association
California Independent Petroleum Association
California Manufacturers & Technology
California NAACP
California Narcotic Officers Association*
California Professional Firefighters
California Restaurant Association
California Retailers Association
California Short Line Railroad Association
California Small Business Alliance
California Small Business Association
California Space Authority
California State Association of Counties
California State Firefighters’ Association
California Trucking Association
CELSOC (Consulting Engineers & Land
Surveyors of CA)
Chemical Industry Council of California
Clean Air Performance Professionals
Consumers Coalition of California
Consumers First
Council of Asian Business Associations
Independent Oil Producers’ Agency
Industrial Environmental Association
Korean Dry Cleaners & Laundry Association
National Association of Manufacturers
Mabuhay Alliance
Mexican American Grocers Association
Peace Officers Research Association of California
Printing Industries of California
Small Business Action Committee
The Seniors Coalition
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Western States Petroleum Association
Western Electrical Contractors Association

Agricultural Council of California*
Alliance of Western Milk Producers
California Agricultural Aircraft Association
California Association of Winegrape Growers
California Citrus Mutual
California Cotton Ginners Association
California Cotton Growers Association
California Farm Bureau Federation
California Floral Council
California Grape & Tree Fruit League
California League of Food Processors
California Poultry Federation
California Thoroughbred Breeders Association
California Women for Agriculture
Far West Equipment Dealers Association
Fresno County Farm Bureau
Harris Farms, Inc.
Imperial County Farm Bureau
Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association*
Kern County Farm Bureau
Kings County Farm Bureau
Madera County Farm Bureau
Mendocino County Farm Bureau
Monterey County Farm Bureau
Nisei Farmers League
Olive Growers Council
Sacramento County Farm Bureau*
San Joaquin County Farm Bureau
San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau
Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau*
Solano County Farm Bureau
Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
Tulare County Farm Bureau
Ventura County Agricultural Association
Western Growers Association
Western Plant Health Association
Western United Dairymen
Wine Institute*
Regional & Local Organizations
African American Chamber of Commerce
Palm Springs
Alameda Merchants Association
American Association of Blacks in Energy --
Southern California Chapter
American Canyon Chamber of Commerce
Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce
Asian Service Organization
Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs
Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs*
Azusa Chamber of Commerce
Bay Area Council
Bethel M.B. Church
Black Economic Council
Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce*
Camara de Camercio Agrupacion de
Comerciates de San Jose
Carson Black Chamber of Commerce
Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Central City Association*
Central Valley Asian American Chamber
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View
Chico Chamber of Commerce*
Claremont Chamber of Commerce
Clovis Chamber of Commerce
Coalition of Labor, Agriculture & Business
(COLAB) of Santa Barbara County
Commerce Industrial Council/Chamber of
Contra Costa Council
Corona Chamber of Commerce
County of Santa Barbara Industrial Association
Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce
Death Valley Chamber of Commerce*
El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce
Filipino American Chamber of San Joaquin
Folsom Chamber of Commerce*
Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Fullerton Chamber of Commerce
Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce
Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce
Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Greater Corona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Los Angeles African American
Chamber of Commerce
Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
Greater Sacramento Urban League
Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce,
San Francisco
Hanford Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Alameda County
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce –
Contra Costa County
Hispanic Chamber of Napa County
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Silicon Valley
Inland Empire African American Chamber of
Inland Empire Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Irwindale Chamber of Commerce
Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce
Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Kern Law Enforcement Association
Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Lynwood
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Long Beach Firefighters Association Local 372*
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Metro Hispanic Chamber of
Lynwood Latino Coalition
MADIC – Making A Difference in The Community
Manhatten Beach Chamber of Commerce
Modesto Chamber of Commerce
Milpitas Chamber of Commerce
Murrieta Chamber of Commerce
Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce*
Napa County Latin Business Association
Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce,
San Francisco
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Ontario Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Orange Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
Orange County Business Council
Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce
Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce
-- Los Angeles Chapter
Raul Murillo Hermandad Mexicana Nacional
Regional Black Chamber of Commerce
(San Fernando Valley)
Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
(Long Beach)
Regional Legislative Alliance of Ventura &
Santa Barbara Counties
Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce
Saint John Missionary Baptist Association
San Bernardino County Safety Employees
Benefit Association (SEBA)
San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of
San Francisco African American Chamber of
San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
San Mateo County Economic
Development Association (SAMCEDA)
San Mateo County Hispanic Chamber of
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce*
San Ramon Chamber of Commerce
Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
Shasta Builders’ Exchange
Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce
Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Sonoma County Black Chamber of Commerce
South Bay Latino Chamber of Commerce
South Orange County Regional Chambers of
Southwest California Legislative Council
(chamber coalition in Riverside County)
Temecula Chamber of Commerce
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce
Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA)
Ventura Chamber of Commerce
Ventura County Economic Development Association
Victor Valley African American Chamber of
Visalia Chamber of Commerce

Government & Elected Officials
California State Association of Counties
California Contract Cities Association*
Regional Council of Rural Counties
State Board of Equalization Board Member
Bill Leonard*

Cities & Counties
Butte County Board of Supervisors
City of Bakersfield
City of Lynwood*
City of Taft
Colusa County Board of Supervisors
Inyo County Board of Supervisors
Kern County Board of Supervisors
Madera County Board of Supervisors
Merced County Board of Supervisors
Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors

City Council Members & Supervisors
Adelanto City Council Member Charley Glasper*
Antioch City Council Member Arne Simonsen
Apple Valley City Council Member Timothy Jasper*
Apple Valley City Council Member Scott Nassif*
Bakersfield City Council Member Harold Hanson
Barstow City Council Member Steve Curran*
Barstow Mayor Lawrence E. Dale
Beaumont City Council Member Larry Dressel*
Beaumont Mayor Jeff Fox*
Beaumont Mayor pro tem Brian Deforge*
Beaumont City Council Member Roger Berg*
Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Jahn*
Bishop Mayor pro tem Frank Crom*
Bishop City Council Member Kathryn Henderson*
Blythe City Council Vice Mayor Charles Grotke
Brea Mayor pro tem Marty Simonoff
Camarillo Mayor Michael Morgan*
Canyon Lake City Council Member
Francis Kessler*
Carpinteria City Council Member Gregory Gandrud
Chino Hills Mayor Ed Graham*
Chino Hills City Council Member Curt Hagman*
Chino Hills City Council Member Gary Larson*
Clayton City Council Member Julie Pierce*
Cloverdale Mayor Bob Jehn*
Clovis City Council Member Jose Flores*
Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig
Colton Mayor Deirdre Bennett*
Colton City Council member Kelly Chastain*
Fillmore Mayor pro tem Ken Smedley*
Folsom City Council Member Sam Spiegel*
Fontana City Council Member Janice Rutherford
Fontana Mayor pro tem John Roberts*
Fort Bragg City Council Member Jere Melo
Fresno City Council Member Jerry Duncan
Fullerton Mayor pro tem Don Bankhead*
Fullerton City Council Member F.R. Jones*
Galt Council Member Thomas J. Malson*
Glenn County Supervisor Gary Freeman*
Grand Terrace Mayor pro tem Bea Cortes*
Hemet City Council Member Lori Van Arsdale*
Hemet Mayor Robin Lowe*
Highland City Council Member Larry McCallon
Highland Mayor Ross Jones*
Huron Mayor Ramon Dominguez*
Imperial County Supervisor Joe Maruca*
Imperial County Supervisor Gary Wyatt*
Lafayette Vice Mayor Carol Federighi*
La Habra Council Member Steve Anderson*
La Habra Council Member Thomas R. Beamish*
Lancaster Mayor Henry Hearns*
Lancaster Vice Mayor Ed Sileo*
La Quinta City Council Member Terry Henderson*
Laguna Niguel City Council Member Paul Glaab*
Lake Forest City Council Member Peter Herzog*
Lake Forest City Council Member
Marcia Rudolph*
Lake Forest City Council Member
Kathryn McCullough*
Lompoc City Council Member William Schuyler*
Lompoc Mayor Dick DeWees*
Lompoc City Council Member
DeWayne Holmdale*
Los Angeles County Supervisor
Michael D. Antonovich
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe*
Lynwood City Council Member Fernando Pedrova*
Lynwood Former Mayor Rick Sanchez
Lynwood Mayor Leticia Vasquez*
Marina City Council Member Michael Morrison*
Monrovia Mayor Rob Hammond*
Moorpark City Council Member Janice Parvin*
Needles City Council Member Bob Rath*
Norco Mayor pro tem Harvey Sullivan*
Norco Fire Chief Jack Frye*
Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell
Paso Robles City Council Member Fred Strong*
Perris Mayor Daryl Busch*
Perris City Council Member Al Landers*
Placentia City Council Member Russell Rice*
Plymouth City Council Member Michael O’Meary
Port Hueneme City Council Member Toni Young*
Rancho Mirage Mayor Richard W. Kite*
Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor James Thore*
Ridgecrest City Council Member
Steven P. Morgan
Ridgecrest Mayor Marshall “Chip” Holloway
Ridgecrest Mayor pro tem Richard “Duke” Martin
Ridgecrest Vice Mayor Dan Clark*
San Bernardino City Council Member Neil Derry*
San Clemente City Council Member
Steve Knoblock*
San Clemente City Council Member Joe Anderson*
San Clemente City Council Member
Susan Ritschel*
San Luis Obispo City Council Member Paul Brown*
San Luis Obispo Mayor David Romero*
San Pablo Vice Mayor Paul V. Morris*
San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson*
San Ramon City Council Member David Hudson*
San Ramon Vice Mayor Carol Rowley*
San Ramon City Council Member Scott Perkins*
San Ramon City Council Member Jim Livingstone*
Santa Maria City Council Member Marty Mariscal*
Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester*
Simi Valley Mayor pro tem Glen T. Becerra
Stanton City Council Member Alexander A. Ethans
Stanton City Council Member David Cadena*
Thousand Oaks City Council Member
Thomas Glancy*
Thousand Oaks City Council Member Jacqui Irwin*
Tuolumne County Supervisor Richard Pland*
Tustin City Council Member Jerry Amante*
Tustin City Council Member Lou Bone
Twentynine Palms City Council Member
Dawn Benton, Jr.*
Twentynine Palms Mayor pro tem Joel Klink*
Twentynine Palms Mayor Kevin Cole*
Victorville City Council Member Bob Hunter*
Victorville City Council Member Rudy Cabriales*
Victorville City Council Member Terry Caldwell*
Victorville Mayor Mike Rothschild*
West Covina City Council Member
Roger Hernandez
Yucca Valley Town Council Member Chad Mayes
Yucca Valley Town Council Member Robert J. Leone
Yucca Valley Town Council Member
Frank J. Luckino
Yucca Valley Town Council Member
William L. Neeb

Marian Bergeson, Past President,
California School Boards Association
Academic Uprise
Amador County Board of Education
California School Employees Association –
Chapter 596 Vice President Lilia D. Corona
El Segundo Unified School District*
Fruitvale School District
Fruitvale School District Board Trustee
Kevin Burton
Garvey School Board Vice President Felipe
Agredano-Lozano (South San Gabriel)
Huntington Beach Union High School District
Trustee Matthew Harper
Kern County Board of Education
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Larry E. Reider
Kern High School District Trustee Chad Vegas
Kings County Board of Education*
La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board
President Rick Winet*
Lynwood Unified School District Board
Member Alfonso Morales
Lynwood Unified School Board Vice President
Jose Luis Solache
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board
Member Martha Fluor
Rosedale Union School District
Rosedale Union School District Board President
Ken Mettler
San Benito County Superintendent of Schools
Timothy Foley*
Scotia Union School District
Sunol Glen Unified School District
Superintendent Diane E. Everett*
West Covina Unified School District Trustee
Mike Spence

*New Endorsement

9 posted on 09/19/2006 5:25:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families --
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