BLOG: Why I'm Voting for Both Propositions (30 & 38) for School Funding

To invest in our future, we must vote to increase school funding. But there are two competing propositions (Prop 30 & Prop 38) on the ballot. What to do?

Here are a few simple facts that make it easier for me to look at this.

* California was the world's 9th largest economy in 2011, with a GDP of slightly less than $2 TRILLION dollars.

* 1 out of every 9 billionaires in the world lives in California.

* There's no credible evidence that shows that taxes on high income earners will make them migrate.

* California ranks 47th in the country when it comes to school funding ($8,667 per pupil when adjusted for regional cost differences, about $3,000 below the national average of $11,665).

Both propositions attempt to solve the school funding problem, each in their own unique way.

We may disagree on how to fund education, but no one denies that we have a school funding problem.

While folks argue the benefits of one or the other, I take another approach.

Let's think of the propositions as you would in an instant runoff election - pick the one you like the most and vote for it.  Then, go to the other one, and vote for it as well.  Your votes will not cancel each other.  They will only ensure that either one passes, which is what we need.

Many people have told me that it's hard to understand the differences between the two.  I agree, it is.

But what is not hard to understand is that when you invest in education, you invest in the future.  So invest, we must.





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