Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Award to Tom Campbell on Prop. 76

To lie, falsehood, untruth, fabrication

Today’s Award.
I am speaking from my talking points; don’t let facts get in the way.

Goes to : Tom Campbell : Director of Finance. (on leave)

In an op-ed piece in the Sacramento Bee on October 19, 2005 he says,
“You have probably seen the attack ads on TV, saying proposition 76 will cut education funding. They are false. The non partisan California Taxpayers Association has estimated that education funding will increase under Proposition 76, as compared with current law.”

Well. The California Taxpayers Association may be non partisan, but they are not accurate in their predictions. They are a Republican support group.
See the Legislative Analyst’s views on the costs.
“This measure would grant new authority to the Governor to make reductions in almost all state funding.”
And, “Proposition 98 is a measure passed by the voters in 1988 which established in the State Constitution a “minimum funding guarantee” for k-12 schools and community colleges (K-14 education).” ..
“Over time, however, the net impact of the Proposition 98 changes and related changes in the measure would be to lower the minimum guarantee for k-14 education.”
“By converting the $3.8 billion outstanding maintenance factor to a one-time obligation, the measure eliminates the requirement for $3.8 billion to be restored into the annual base funding over time.”
Sorry to be so technical. I encourage readers to read the analysis of the Legislative Analyst and the California Budget Project.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
~ George Orwell
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