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Proposition 30 to pay for out of control payroll costs

Original post made by Here is the Problem, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 23, 2012

Saw this on an article in the Sacramento Bee.

"California's state government had 9.3 percent more employees in 2011 than it did 10 years earlier - closely tracking overall population growth - but its payroll costs had jumped by 42.4 percent, according to a new Census Bureau report."

So the governor wants more of our taxes to pay for the out of control payroll costs.

These payroll costs do not even include the unfunded liabilities of pensions and other post retirement costs.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

There are plenty of reasons to struggle with Propositions 30 and 38.

Three local articles today covered the two propositions on the November ballot proposing various approaches to tax hikes for supporting education. The first article reports the Pleasanton board’s discussion of which proposition to support--one, the other, or both proposals. Web Link The next includes a poll showing the governor’s tax plan may be vulnerable. Web Link And the third describes missteps by Governor Brown that make his plan “a tough sell.” Web Link

I’m glad PUSD’s board delayed a vote. School boards (and other agencies) believe their resolutions supporting (or not) a variety of legislation will have an impact on voters. I don’t believe they do, and I don’t believe they should take a collective stance. These are five individuals who may have differing political perspectives—we don’t know which little chad each will punch out on his/her personal ballot.

I do expect the staff would lobby through their various administrative groups, and I think individual board members should speak publicly to and/or endorse what they personally support. Given their elected roles, it’s not a surprise that board members support schools or that they might support tax increases in the name of K-12 education. However, adding a string of WHEREASes and a THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED to a piece of paper isn’t likely to be what moves voters in one direction or the other.

Information about the hydraulics of the state's general fund and what new taxes will really cover (raises to staff, hidden park piggy banks, etc.) will be important, and I hope the media will keep addressing these and other state budgeting concerns.

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