Category Archives: Education

"Whatever It Takes," Says Munger on Campaign

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Attorney and education activist Molly Munger says she will spend as much of her personal fortune as needed to run a statewide campaign for her tax initiative to help K-12 schools. “We are totally committed to spending whatever it takes … Continue reading »


Another Shot at Tax Break Democrats Love to Hate

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For the last several years, Democrats have been relentless at trying to undo a hotly debated tax incentive for large corporations that was signed into law as part of the 2009 deal. And now they’re launching another shot. The 2012 … Continue reading »


If Not For Schools, Would Brown's Tax Hike Be A Dud?

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Governor Jerry Brown will no doubt love the headline out of the brand new statewide public poll: 68% of likely voters say they support his November initiative to raise taxes and earmark the money for public schools. But dig deeper … Continue reading »


Room for Two Tax Initiatives? Burton Thinks So

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NOTE: This posting has been modified to reflect that the proposed initiative only guarantees one-third of the oil tax revenue for higher education. The bulk of the revenues would be deposited back into the state’s general fund. One thing that’s … Continue reading »


The Crowding Field of 2012 Tax Initiatives

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California voters have long had a reputation as anti-tax, a reputation that explains why so many proposals either fizzle before ever making it to the ballot… or are roundly rejected on Election Day. But the November 2012 ballot appears poised … Continue reading »


Don't Cut Higher Ed. And Don't Ask Me to Pay More!

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Say what you will about Californians, but when it comes to their desires and demands about government services, they are consistently inconsistent. A newly released statewide poll shows that while large majorities of residents are angry… even downright depressed… about … Continue reading »


Teachers: More Money for Schools. GOP: Okay

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It wasn’t the main narrative of Monday’s school funding protests, but chances are it’s in just about every reporter’s story (mine included): Republicans agree to give educators the money they want for the coming year. Of course, few may have … Continue reading »


Will School Funding Help Brown Sell Budget?

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For months, Governor Jerry Brown’s political strategy to get his cut-and-tax budget plan approved has been to make public schools the poster child for what would happen without additional tax dollars. A new poll suggests that while the strategy has … Continue reading »


An Education on the Education Budget

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For all of the state tax dollars being spent on California’s public schools, here’s a statistic that seems to show the impact of several years of budget woes: 17% of the state’s K-12 funding is now money being ‘borrowed’ from … Continue reading »


Bendy Straws? Palin Stanislaus Fracas Heats Up

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To hear Ashli Briggs and Alicia Lewis tell it, dumpster diving really paid off. This morning, the two Cal State Stanislaus students appeared at a Capitol news conference to say they had found six pages of the heretofore confidential contract … Continue reading »