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Date:June 25, 2012
Subject:League of Women Voters Endorses Governor's Initiative to get California Back on Track
Related Issues:California State Budget Education: Pre-K - 12 Government Reform State and Local Finances
League of Women Voters Endorses Governor’s Initiative to Get California Back on Track
Sacramento, CA – The League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) announced today that the nonpartisan organization’s board voted to endorse Governor Jerry Brown’s initiative to balance the budget and protect schools and public safety.
"The League of Women Voters of California strongly supports the Schools and Public Safety Protection Act this November because it is the way to start to put California’s finances back on firm footing,” said LWVC President Jennifer A. Waggoner. “The Governor’s initiative is the only measure on the November ballot that works within the framework of the state finance system and, therefore, will actually help eliminate the structural budget deficit. Important government services like health care depend on a balanced, adequate budget. Supporting the Governor’s initiative means protecting schools and local public safety so we can invest in a strong common future for California.”
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CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170 / Elizabeth Leslie, 916-442-7215 (LWVC)
The League of Women Voters of California, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We do not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. We do, however, take action on selected government issues in the public interest.
The Schools and Public Safety Protection Act balances the budget and prevents additional school and public safety cuts by asking California’s highest earners to pay a little bit more - just three percent over seven years. Only couples making more than $500,000 a year are subject to this tax. The measure temporarily increases the sales tax by one quarter of one percent. Even with this slight increase, sales taxes will be lower than they were less than a year ago.