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Rival Tax Increase Measures to Benefit Schools Qualify for Ballot

A third measure that would change the way multistate businesses calculate how much they owe in income taxes also qualified.

Rival tax increase initiatives backed by Gov. Jerry Brown and attorney Molly Munger have qualified for the November ballot, along with an initiative that would change the way multistate businesses calculate how much income taxes they owe, Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced Wednesday.

Brown's measure would increase the sales tax by a quarter-cent on the dollar and raise the income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Eighty-nine percent of the revenues from the measure would be devoted to schools from kindergarten through 12th grade and the other 11 percent to community colleges.

The measure would generate from $6.8 billion to $9 billon for the 2012- 2013 fiscal year, an average of $5.4 billion to $7.6 billion in the following five fiscal years and lesser amounts in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, according to an estimate from the Legislative Analyst's Office and Director of Finance Ana J. Matosantos.

Officials from Glendora Unified, Charter Oak Unified and Citrus College have said they keeping an eye on the measures, but are crafting budget plans with and without the tax initiatives in mind.

Charter Oak Superintendent Mike Hendricks said in May that the district could see a $441 per pupil reduction from the state, depending on what happens with Brown’s tax initiative.

Brown has called the initiative "modest, fair and temporary.''

"It won't solve all of the state's problems, but it will help dig us out of a deep hole and protect our schools until the recovery is complete," Brown said May 14 as he presented his revised state budget proposal.

John Kabateck, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business/California, said the initiative's "huge tax increases will destroy our small businesses and cost us jobs."

"This measure simply gives the politicians in Sacramento more tax money to spend on pet projects, like pensions and the high speed train to nowhere," Kabateck said.

Munger's measure would increase personal income tax rates for annual earnings over $7,316 using a sliding scale from 0.4 percent for the lowest individual earners to 2.2 percent for individual earning more than $2.5 million.

During the first four years, 60 percent of revenues would go to schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, 30 percent to repaying state debt and 10 percent to early childhood programs. Thereafter, 85 percent of revenues would go to schools from kindergarten through 12th grade and 15 percent to early childhood programs.

The measure would generate from $10 billion to $11 billon per fiscal year, beginning in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, tending to increase over time, according to an estimate from the Legislative Analyst's Office and Matosantos.

The third measure would require multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California.

For each of the first five years that the law would be in effect, $550 million would be dedicated to funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs.

The measure would generate $1 billion in each fiscal year beginning in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, according to an estimate from the Legislative Analyst's Office and Matosantos.

The three initiatives that qualified for the ballot today increase the number of measures on the November ballot to 11. The others are:
   -- an $11.1 billion bond measure to upgrade California's water system;
   -- a ban on the government deducting union dues from government employee
paychecks that would be used for political purposes;
   -- a proposal to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment
without the possibility of parole;
   -- a plan to allow auto insurance rates to be based on a person's
history of coverage; and
   -- a referendum on the state Senate redistricting plan;
   -- a loosening of the three-strikes law;
   -- an increase to penalties for human trafficking; and
   -- a requirement to label genetically engineered foods.

--Local Editor Hazel Lodevico-To'o contributed to this report.

8644 June 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Vote no on this
Bill C. June 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM
This is the Dems stealing more money from the taxpayers and nothing more.
JC June 26, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Brown just keeps taxing the higher earners because it's the political thing to do. This group of citizens do not have enough numbers to do anything politically, and they are the constant victims of Brown's tax increases. The only problem is, when these citizens are taxed more, they spend less, and revenues do not wind up coming in as Brown proposes. It's a political move at best and financial suicide for California at worst. Pension revision is one area that will make REAL changes in our state's economic failure.

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