Prop 38 - Fail  27.7%/72.3%


Proposition 38: Income Tax Increases for Education and Early Childhood                            

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CV's Easy-to-use Ballot Measure Summary

Proposition 38 would raise personal income taxes on Californians earning more than $7,316 per year in order to fund K-12 schools, childhood programs, and to repay the state’s debt. The amount of the tax increase would depend on your income level. The lowest earners, making between $7,316 and $17,346, would pay an additional 0.4 percent in income tax. From there the tax amount goes up on a sliding scale, to 2.2 percent for the highest earners.

Supporters of Proposition 38 say it will raise $10 billion each year to pay for the investments California’s children need, with funds going directly to school sites, not to district headquarters. These funds, supporters say, will enable schools to provide well-rounded education that supports college and a career readiness, helping children succeed in school and in life. Supporters also point out that Prop 38 creates a secure trust that politicians can’t touch, cannot be used to increase salaries or pensions, and prohibits spending more than 1% of money raised on administration.

Supporters of Proposition 38 include the California State PTA, educators, and Education Trust-West.

Opponents of Proposition 38 call it the "Middle-Class Income Tax Hike," saying it locks Californians into higher income tax rates for the next 12 years, and will extract $120 billion more tax dollars from Californians, without placing any requirements on schools to improve performance. Currently, opponents say, 24% of California students don’t graduate from high school, and Prop 38 only pours more money and no accountability into a system that is failing California’s kids. Opponents also question Prop 38’s ability to impact state debt, saying the measure gives Sacramento politicians $3 billion a year for the first four years, which they can spend any way they choose. 

Opponents of Proposition 38 include the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Taxpayer Protection Committee, the Orange County Board of Education, and the California State Sheriff’s Association, among others.

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Easy-to-use Citizen Voice Prop 38 Ballot Measure Summary (.pdf)

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