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The Public Policy Institute of California has just released a statewide survey gauging the opinions of Californians on public education and proposals to raise taxes.

On taxes, 65 percent of likely voters support the idea of raising taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents to fund public education, while 34 percent oppose the idea. But only 46 percent support raising state sales taxes for the same purpose, with 52 percent opposed.

The two taxes were originally floated independently, with Brown calling for a sales tax hike and a group backed largely by the California Federation of Teachers supporting what they called the Millionaires’ Tax. Last month the two proposals were combined, with Brown incorporating the increased income tax on high earners into his plan while cutting his proposed sales tax increase by half. The new combined measure is currently polling at 54 percent support and 39 percent opposition, despite Californians’ reluctance to back the sales tax component.

When breaking down the population, 75 percent of Democrats support the measure, while 65 percent of Republicans oppose it. Parents of children in public schools are largely supportive, by a margin of 60 percent to 36 percent.

If the tax increase fails to pass, Brown says automatic cuts to education will take place. Despite many of them failing to back the funding measures, a 78 percent majority of voters oppose any further cuts to education. K-12 level public schools still poll as the area in which Californians think is most important to avoid cuts, with 58 percent naming primary education as most important, 17 percent listing higher education, 15 percent health and human services, and seven percent saying funding prisons should take priority.

Nearly three in four voters think school budgets are a major problem, and 67 percent say the quality of public education as a whole is similarly lacking. But, when polled about the quality of their own local schools, a slight majority still awarded their local schools high rankings – 17 percent give their schools an A grade, 35 percent a B. Approval ratings were even higher when only parents who had children in those schools were included, with 24 percent of parents giving their schools an A grade and 36 assigning a B.

Possibly refuting the value of these numbers, only 27 percent of Californians polled were aware that the state spends less per pupil and returns lower test scores on average than most of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Also covered in the poll were questions relating to Brown’s approval rating, which, at 47 percent approval and 40 percent disapproval, has stayed mostly flat in recent months. On his handling of the K-12 education situation, however, Brown scores much lower, meriting only a 23 percent approval versus a 54 percent disapproval.

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Visduh April 26, 2012 @ 8:42 a.m.

These inconsistent opinions are typical of California-think, and are a large part of the reason for the state's structural deficit. "Don't tax me, bro", but keep my schools fully funded, the prisons full of baddies, the roads repaired and the parks open. If the state is ever to get the economy growing again, tax increases are just more of the poison that got it into this fix. I'm happy to know that the voters don't like the increase package.

But Brown just doesn't get a break does he? Prop. 13 passed when he was gov the first time, and now he has a fiscal crisis on his hands again. Poor guy!

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noah2noaa April 28, 2012 @ 4:27 a.m.

I'd bet Brown is not Poor in any way, shape, or form. He was fully aware of the problem when he chose to try to lead the state again. California politics and business practices with all the "under the table" payments occurring is one of the most corrupt states in America. The smart taxpayers would object to any increase in taxes and instead DEMAND an end to all the corruption.

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SurfPuppy619 April 26, 2012 @ 9:11 a.m.

Remember the Sales Tax hike Arnold tried to pass, Props 1A-1G??? The extension of the so called "temporary taxes"?? They were also ahead in these "poles", and they lost by a 2-1 margin.

The sales tax is DOA at the voting booth. It is simply not going to pass. The public IS aware fo where all this tax money is going, right into the pockets of the teachers and other public employees. 85%-90% of ALL education funding is compensation. Average teacher in CA comps well over +$100K in total comp for a 37 week work year and cannot be fired short of committing a felony.

The sales/pension tax hikes are DOA no matter whom they try to apply them to. Just like what happened here in San Diego last year.

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conanthequasilibertarian April 26, 2012 @ 11:10 a.m.

"85%-90% of ALL education funding is compensation."

Amazingly enough, you have to pay teachers to teach. And I suspect (but do not know for sure) that you are just pulling that $100,000+ figure out of the air (or some other place which starts with the letter "A").

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SurfPuppy619 April 26, 2012 @ 12:42 p.m.

So let me get this right-according to you we have to pay teachers $100K in compensation for teaching 37 weeks per year???? What planet do YOU live on? Oh, wait, it must be Planet CTA, because only thery would make the bogus claism that teachers are not well paid.

The AVERAGE teacher salary in CA is $68K per year in cash alone, their benefits are on average $40K, that is an AVERAGE compensation of $108K per year for working only 37 weeks, with a 36 hour work week. If you did the math that works out to be about $80 an hour. Oh, and did I mention you cannot fire BAD teachers??

Amazingly enough, teachers feel like they are a special group of people that should earn 2-3 times what they would in the private sector, retire at a much earlier age, have bullet proof job security, not be subject to the economy and last they usually get annual raises while the private sector has not had a raise since the year 2000.

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SurfPuppy619 April 26, 2012 @ 1:23 p.m.

BTW, there are some public teachers in CA earning $150K in salary alone, double the average teacher salary. Private schools pay much less, and have very few benefits, nothing like CalSTRS, which is gong to be broke in 30 years because of the abuses it has engaged in.

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Visduh April 26, 2012 @ 4 p.m.

If you would be so kind as to state your source for that average teacher salary, and the composition of the figure you quote for benefits, we could have a productive exchange. That figure of over $100K per year looks high to me, unless you are including all the payroll taxes and retirement contribution in it. Source please.

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SurfPuppy619 April 27, 2012 @ 5:33 p.m.

The Sacramento Bee for the Salary, the benefits are estimated based on vacation time-15 weeks- pensions, dental, medical and all the others:

The average teacher salary last year was $67,871, a decrease of 0.1 percent from 2010, according to new state figures

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/01/26/995141/see-how-well-your-school-district.html#storylink=cpy

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SurfPuppy619 April 26, 2012 @ 9:17 a.m.

Possibly refuting the value of these numbers, only 27 percent of Californians polled were aware that the state spends less per pupil and returns lower test scores on average than most of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.

That is because the state does NOT spend less than 49 other states and the district of Columbia. That is a talking point right out of the CTA-try to do some independant research next time before posting those whoppers;

California ranks 23rd in per-pupil spending http://www.ocregister.com/articles/percent-255635-public-spending.html

LAUSD spends $30K per student http://www.calwatchdog.com/2010/08/20/lausd-spends-30k-per-student/

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mcdez April 26, 2012 @ 1:53 p.m.

People should be aware that the governor's income and sales tax will not bring any additional money to schools. The revenue that goes to schools is money that has previously been taken from schools. He's paying back a debt. Paying back a debt to schools is not the same as giving money to schools. With the governor's proposal, our per pupil spending will remain flat -- if we're lucky.

Another tax initiative, the PTA supported Our Children, Our Future, will be on the November ballot. Our Children, Our Future is the only initiative that actually provides dollars over and above the Prop 98 minimum. This PTA/Molly Munger initiative raises income tax rates on a sliding scale: from 4/10 of 1% on the lowest earners to 2.2% on multi-millionaires. Most people earning under $50,000 won’t pay any more taxes. There is no sales tax.

For 12 years, the measure will raise $10 billion a year to invest directly in public schools and early education programs. For the first four years, 30% of the new revenue will help California pay down education-bond debt. For the remaining eight years, all the money goes to education: 85% to K-12 schools and 15% to early childhood education. This is money that does not get lumped into the general fund, but instead goes directly to school sites with local parent, teacher and community input -- mandated. It also mandates strict oversight and accountability measures. Where was the money spent? What were the outcomes?

This money cannot be used to increase current teacher salaries or benefits and puts a 1% cap on administrative costs. This money can be spent to improve students' academic performance, graduation rates, and vocational, career, college and life readiness by funding: 1. instruction in the arts, physical education, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, history, civics, financial literacy, English and foreign languages, and technical, vocational or career education; 2. smaller class sizes; 3. more counselors, librarians, school nurses and other support staff at the school site; 4. extended learning time through longer school days or longer school years, summer school, preschool, after school enrichment programs and tutoring; 5. additional social and academic support for English language learners, low income students and students with special needs; 6. alternative education models that build students' capacity for critical thinking and creativity; and 7. more communication and engagement with parents as true partners with schools in helping all children succeed.

California State PTA was very careful about which tax initiative to support. Our Children, Our Future, won -- hands down. http://www.ourchildrenourfuture2012.com/

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SurfPuppy619 April 26, 2012 @ 6:41 p.m.

Another tax initiative, the PTA supported Our Children, Our Future, will be on the November ballot. Our Children, Our Future is the only initiative that actually provides dollars over and above the Prop 98 minimum.

K-12 gets almost 50% of general fund mnoney now thru Prop 98-WAY MORE than they should, the Munger tax hikes is DOA. WIll never pass.

Keep posting your same tired post over all the websites, won't pass no matter how many times you spam the internet with it.

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historymatters May 5, 2012 @ 5:41 p.m.

We should not vote for one single tax increase until CA addresses the multi-billion dollar corporate welfare programs. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/ive-got-issues/2012/apr/21/why-californias-should-say-no-to-any-tax-hikes/

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historymatters May 5, 2012 @ 5:44 p.m.

5.5 billion a year for developers. redevelopment is dead "IN NAME ONLY' SD is still insisting they are entitled to 6.5 billion a year for redevelopment projects going forward because the contracts existed prior to the ruling and the gov is NOT standing up and saying no way. in fact he has promised them a minimum of 3.6 billion dollars.

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historymatters May 5, 2012 @ 5:45 p.m.

Here is 1 egregious example of tax fraud by govt contractors in CA: LA affordable housing developer ADI is currently being investigated for stealing $250 million dollars from tax payers and putting much of it into an offshore bank account. Additionally they used the money to bribe many public officials. The fraud was not discovered by anyone working for the city. It was only discovered because the developer was getting a divorce and a bitter ex-wife turned him in. I mean this is a MAJOR case of fraud and the media is completely silent about it and we are going to give these guys more tax money and sell off our parks to pay for it? "Los Angeles claims ADI, Ajit Development & Investment, Pacific Housing Diversified, and six people, including the companies' shareholders, officers, directors, agents and employees, profited from the RICO conspiracy for years, fraudulently getting money and loans from the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF), which includes state and federal money for development of affordable housing." http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/04/25/36066.htm How many more of these stories have yet to be discovered?

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historymatters May 5, 2012 @ 5:48 p.m.

the Gov also did not cut a program called CAEZ that gives bix box multi-national corporations like Walmart millions of dollars a year. California EZ gives millions to big box companies like Walmart and Home Depot every year for "creating jobs". One report by Sprawlbusters suggests Walmart has been getting about $11,000 per year per employee for opening stores in certain "zones" which are all over California. Multiply that by 1000s of employees. Why are we continuing to pay all these corp welfare programs while raising our taxes? and this is just the TIP of the iceberg!

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historymatters May 5, 2012 @ 5:56 p.m.

these guys are criminals...they are holding the children of CA and the teachers out w/ a gun to their heads saying you better give us more of your money or these innocent people will be hurt. This should make people really angry that they are being manipulated. they know people are good and compassionate so they are appealing to that to continue this fraud.

My only major issue w/ the CTA is that they have NEVER stood up to these corp welfare entitlements and 5.5 billion a year is BIG! and its direcly being taken from schools and state parks. For that reason I cant give them my support on tax hikes. They are spending over a million dollars on a campaign to push tax hikes. Why not spend the money on a campaign to address corp entitlements instead? Com'on teachers...you are the EDUCATORS!!! Use your talent for educating to raise awareness about how this corrupt system works. We need you!!!

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nicolae May 31, 2012 @ 12:36 a.m.

Education is very important for our children so I think we should everything to support it.Nowdays exists many forms of education and many ways of Earning a degree, but their are people that can afford only a public school.

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