Ballot measure: Proposition 38

The measure would increase state income-tax rates for most Californians, generating $10 billion or more a year for 12 years to fund K-12 schools and early-childhood programs.

The Yes on 38 campaign is now running a 30-second TV ad in major media markets in the state.

What's the claim?

"Prop. 38 sends billions in new education dollars straight to our local schools and guarantees the politicians can't touch it." The measure "will restore the education cuts from Sacramento."

Is it true?

Mostly. But the ad doesn't mention that schools face billions of dollars in immediate cuts if rival Proposition 30 doesn't pass -- and that Proposition 38 funding wouldn't materialize until the next budget year, which begins in July. And even though Proposition 38 funds can't be diverted by the folks in Sacramento, legislators still could defer or cut back other funding due schools. So public education may end up with less new money than Proposition 38 generates.

-- Sharon Noguchi, Staff



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