The Real Cost of Prop 30

The real cost of Prop 30

I'm a teacher and I support Prop 30. And yes, I've been criticized for supporting an additional tax.  So let's look at the real cost of Prop 30 for average people, like most of you and me.

I don't know about you, but my family doesn't make $500,000 a year, so we would only have to pay the additional ¼ percent in sales tax.  

I'm going to assume most of you will only have to pay the sales tax, as well.  So what's next?  Look at your monthly spending and what items are actually taxed: not food, mortgage, or utilities.  We're talking about things like clothes, gas, personal items, maybe something for your home. For most of us, our families probably spend less than $1000 per month on those items.

So what is ¼ percent of $1000? Two dollars and fifty cents.  You read that right, just $2.50. An average family, under the circumstances I described, would pay an additional $2.50 per month to help save education in our community.

That's why I support Prop 30, and I ask you to consider that when you are voting. Can you then say the students of La Mesa and Spring Valley aren't worth it?


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Gerald Yops November 01, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I really can't believe what I am reading!? Print more money, tax more and the rich are rich enough and should be required to give more?! These are not the thoughts of free Americans. These are the thoughts and hopes and dreams of a socialistic society. These are people who are guided by envy and greed in their own mind. These are the thoughts of people that always want what the other guy has just because they want equality. This is absurd! If you want the Beemer in your driveway, get off your ass and mine and do something about it! Whining about it is not getting it done. Equality should not and is not handed out like welfare. it is earned.
Kevin George November 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Gerald the thought that crossed my mind about the jealousy over the Beemer guy was that the Beemer guy with the girl could very well be a public employee. A public employee fed by the very funds Jason wants to take away from us.
Batman November 01, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Yeah, and the guy driving the big gas-guzzling 4WD pickup could be a gubmint employee also.
Roberta Walk-Anderson November 02, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Because, if that rich guy couldn't buy his Beamer and our corrupt government had complete control of how he could spend his money we would be living the book "1984" where only the very, very wealthy (10,000 x richer than the greedy Beamer guy) would have cars and the rest of us would be waiting in line at the government store for toilet paper.
Russell Buckley November 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Prop 30 is a bad idea for several reasons. 1) Don't be deceived by the seemingly small percent. The 3/4% sales tax increase here in La Mesa costs its citizens over $7 million a year. That works out to almost $500 for a family of four. 2) California already has the highest sals tax and second highest income tax in the nation. 3) One of the (generally agreed) problems California has in balancing its budget is that revenue is too volatile because of its dependence on income tax - prop 30 makes that worse. 4) Between state and federal income taxes and payroll taxes, the wealthy already pay over half of their taxable income to big brother. Many of them think that is too much (and I agree). They will continue to move to places like Washington and pay no taxes here in California. 5) and most important, abusive public sector pensions will not be made fair and affordable until the money supply is cut off.


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