Prop. 38:Taxes (Munger plan)

Increases personal income tax rates for annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale.
Outcome: Failed

Summary

Increases taxes on earnings using sliding scale, for twelve years. Revenues go to K–12 schools and early childhood programs, and for four years to repaying state debt.

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what your vote means

Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: State personal income tax rates would increase for 12 years. The additional revenues would be used for schools, child care, preschool, and state debt payments.

No

A NO vote on this measure means: State personal income tax rates would remain at their current levels. No additional funding would be available for schools, child care, preschool, and state debt payments.

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financial effect

Yes

Increased state personal income tax revenues beginning in 2013 and ending in 2024. Estimates of the revenue increases vary from $10 billion to $11 billion per fiscal year beginning in 2013-14, tending to increase over time. The 2012-13 revenue increase would be about half this amount. Until the end of 2016-17, 60 percent of revenues would be dedicated to K-12 education and 10 percent would be provided to early care and education programs. These allocations would supplement existing funding for these programs. In 2017-18 and subsequent years, 85 percent would be provided to K-12 education and 15 percent to early care and education. General Fund savings on debt-service costs of about $1.5 billion in 2012-13 and $3 billion in 2013-14, with savings tending to grow thereafter until the end of 2016-17. In 2015-16 and subsequent years with stronger growth in state personal income tax revenues, some of the revenues raised by this measure—several hundred million dollars per year— would be used for debt-service costs, resulting in state savings.

No

No change from status quo.

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campaign arguments

Yes

38 makes schools a priority again. It guarantees new funding per pupil direct to every local public school site to restore budget cuts and improve educational results. 38 prohibits Sacramento politicians from touching the money. Spending decisions are made locally with community input and strong accountability requirements, including independent audits.

No

No on 38: If you earn $17,346 per year in taxable income, your taxes increase. Total of $120 BILLION in higher taxes. No requirements to improve student performance. Can’t be changed for 12 years even for fraud. Damages small business. Kills jobs. Educators, taxpayers and businesses say No on 38.

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campaign information

No

Jason Kinney

Stop the Middle-Class Income 

Tax Hike—No on Prop. 38 

980 9th Street, Suite 2000

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 806-2719

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Additional information

Prop. 38 Full textClick here to view.
Measure TypeInitiated state statute
Date Qualified06/20/2012
ProponentsMolly Munger, Roberta B. Johansen, James C. Harrison c/o Remcho, Johansen & Purcell, LLP
Signatures by CountyClick here to view.
Signatures Required504,760

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1MOLLY MUNGER$44,128,399
2STEVE R. ENGLISH$3,250,500
3GEORGE JOSEPH$195,000
4ATLAS FAMILY TRUST$25,000
5RICHARD SPALDING$18,027
92.3%
6.8%
0.4%
0.1%
0.0%
$47.8 million raised in total

No

55.6%
26.0%
14.8%
3.6%
$42.3 thousand raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE$23,500
2CALIFORNIA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION$11,000
3NO ON 38 (cash on hand as of 1/1/2011)$6,252
4CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION$1,500

Endorsements

Editorials

Yes

No

Campaign Advertisements

Yes

No

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