Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sac Bee: Brown budget will spare schools if voters extend tax hikes

This from the Sac Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown will spare K-12 schools from further drastic cuts in his budget – so long as voters extend higher income taxes in a special election, according to sources familiar with his proposal.

The tradeoff wouldn't cure education ills, and many districts would still face another year of fewer school days and larger class sizes. But it could avert even deeper cuts after years of school rollbacks and help Brown galvanize powerful education support for tax hikes in a June special election.

"If something like that happens, I'm going to be looking for the feet to be kissed," said Kevin Gordon, a veteran education lobbyist, of the Brown education proposal. "The big question is, what will the voters do, and if voters don't come through, will we go through incredible anxiety all over again?"

Brown does not plan to suspend Proposition 98, the state's minimum guarantee for K-12 and community college funding, though he may seek to do so if the tax hike extensions don't pass.


  1. Only about half the total fed, state and local allocation of education dollars makes it to the classroom. Asking for more money without drastic reforms and easing of mandates is not going to fly with the public given the dour mood of the electorate. I doubt Brown is going to succeed in raising taxes with this tact unless he comes forward with a new standards for a leaner more efficient education bureaucracy.

  2. Supposing he did institute these kinds of reforms and save a bunch of money, why would he need to raise taxes? We've paid enough already.

  3. More taxes is not the answer. Governor Brown needs to fix the delivery system and I'm hopeful that he will. More local control and less governmental interference is the ticket.

  4. It looks as if Brown spared K-12 the kinds of deep cuts delivered to other agencies.