Ballot measure: Proposition 30
Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative would increase the sales tax by a quarter of a cent and hike income taxes on the rich to fund education and balance the general fund budget.
The Yes on 30 campaign on Wednesday began airing a series of five 30-second television advertisements around the state. The campaign says the ads are "focused on the facts," but many of the claims are misleading. Here is an analysis of a few of the claims:
What's the claim?: In one ad, Brown tells viewers: "Proposition 30 stops the cuts to our schools." In other ads, teacher Tom Collett says the same thing, and Controller John Chiang says it "means no more school cuts."
Is it true?: While much of the revenue from Proposition 30 would fund schools, it is far from an education cure-all. There are many other factors that could lead to more K-12 cuts, and even the measure's official summary notes that revenue from Proposition 30 could fall short by billions of dollars each year.
What's the claim?: Brown says in one ad that Proposition 30 "asks the highest income earners to pay a little bit more to keep our economy strong."
Is it true?: Brown implies the measure will impact only the wallets of the wealthy, but he never mentions that Proposition 30 would also increase the sales tax by a quarter of a cent, which would hit everyone.
What's the charge?: Collett and Chiang, in separate ads, say the money "can't be touched by Sacramento politicians."
Is it true?: While much of the money will go straight to local school districts, a lot of it will help Brown and the Legislature balance the budget.
What's the claim?: Brown and others in ads say the money must be spent in the classroom.
Is it true?: Though school money from the measure can't be spent on administration, local school boards will have discretion to spend the revenue however they want.
-- Mike Rosenberg, Staff