December 11, 2019

Ed groups ask Newsom to negotiate with Prop. 13 reformers for a single tax in 2020

A coalition of education organizations and school officials on December 10th called on Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders to place one tax measure on the November 2020 ballot “solely focused on education: quality child care, pre-school, K-12 and higher education.”

Their letter to Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President pro tem Toni Atkins picks up where the California School Boards Association left off last week, when it announced it was deferring a $15 billion tax initiative for K-12 and community colleges until 2022. The school boards association had hoped that Newsom would intervene and reach a compromise with sponsors of another tax initiative — a challenge to Proposition 13’s limits on commercial property tax increases — to put only one tax before voters.

But failing to hear anything from Newsom, the school boards association pushed its tax plan back rather than face the prospect of two competing initiatives in November.

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