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Another look at Prop 32 - Follow the Money
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by Joe, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Sep 4, 2012
Like all of you I've been getting the calls and seeing the ads that beat "Yes on 30 no on 32" into our skulls. Finally digging a bit deeper, I realize that the two props have nothing to do with each other, and that 32 isn't the devil that its opponents say it is. 32 stops the funding of union-directed political contributions via payroll deduction. Union members can still contribute to their unions' political war chests, and unions are free to campaign for and spend their members' dollars for or against any candidate or issue they choose. But the funding of these activities via payroll deduction would be stopped.
Myself, I like that. I like spending my own money, how I choose, and when I choose.
The dollars flowing into both sides in the debate is even more fascinating. Look at the Prop 32 webpage from PBS station KCET in Los Angeles
and you'll find that close to $28M have been spent opposing Prop 32, and of that $28M, $9.1M - about a third of the total - has come from the California Teachers' Union. A little math here (thanks to a teacher, by the way). The CTU has 325,000 members, so the $9.1M works out to $28 per teacher.
I wonder if this $28 per teacher was handled through payroll deduction?