January 19, 2012
The CFT-backed effort to place a Millionaires Tax on the November 2012 ballot got a boost this week from an independent poll and new endorsements. United Teachers Los Angeles and United Educators of San Francisco, both of which are affiliated with CFT and CTA, endorsed the Millionaires Tax, joining a growing coalition list. In addition, an independent poll showed our proposal is favored by a significant margin over the other proposed tax ballot measures, reaffirming what our coalition’s polling had already shown. The poll, conducted by FM3, a political consulting firm working for the “Think Long” Committee, found the Millionaires Tax outdistancing the governor’s proposal, the Think Long proposal, and the “Our Children, Our Future” proposal. Apparently Think Long was disheartened by the results, because the group announced it was dropping out of the tax measure sweepstakes the same day. Read more.
Governor’s State of the State: focus on revenues, a good idea for education
In yesterday’s State of the State speech, Governor Brown made his case that California is not in decline, despite the pronouncements of what he called “dystopian journalists” and other critics. He acknowledged the budgetary problems he faced when he entered office a year ago, but said progress has been made, although mostly through cuts, in reducing the state’s structural deficit. He pointed out matter of factly that he couldn’t find four Republican legislative votes to pass an extension of temporary taxes last June, and so now he is forced to go to the ballot to avoid further reductions in services. Read more.
Wisconsin unionists turn in signatures to recall Tea Party governor
Earlier this week the labor movement in Wisconsin turned in signatures to set up an election to recall anti-union governor Scott Walker. Walker set off a firestorm last year when, using the state budget crisis he created with tax breaks for business as his excuse, he attempted to ram through an anti-collective bargaining bill. The resulting uprising brought union members, farmers, students, and thousands of others into the streets, including a weeks-long occupation of the Capitol. The same forces recalled two state senators who had sided with Walker earlier this year. The Occupy Wall Street movement took its inspiration, in part, from what happened in Wisconsin. Read more.
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