Friday, November 9, 2012

Thank You Proposition 30 Supporters!


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California state sales tax rates, before and after Proposition 30, compared to the state sales tax rate in 49 others states.


California state income tax rates, before and after Proposition 30, compared to the maximum income tax rate in 49 other states.

Top spenders supporting Proposition 30 tax hikes.  The top two spenders on Proposition 30 are also the top two spenders on California politics in general.  Both are public-sector employee unions as are many of the spenders on Proposition 30 tax hikes.  Many of these groups are also major contributors to the ruling California Democratic Party, another major spender on Proposition 30 tax hikes.

California rated 'F' on Kauffman small business sentiment survey.  California is one of only four states to receive an 'F' rating.  The primary reason cited was "Tax code."

California has the lowest overall state bond credit rating according to a report by the California State Treasurer (#50). Illinois was recently downgraded to below California by Moody's rating agency.

California was ranked the worst-run state government (#50).  The California Legislature has been ruled by the same party, the California Democratic Party for decades and holds nearly 2-to-1 majorities in BOTH Houses.

California was ranked the worst state for business for eight consecutive years (#50) by a nation-wide survey of chief executive officers.  This is the group that decides whether a business stays in California or whether or not to move a business to California.  The primary reason for California's low ranking is our tax structure and governmental regulation--both under the control of our state government.

California was ranked as the state with the least favorable business climate for ten consecutive years (#50).


California's 8th-grade public school students ranked #49 on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading achievement test according to the California Legislative Analysts Office. See "California's State School Rankings Are a Mixed Bag." California has the nation's highest public-school teacher salary and the ranks #49 on student/teacher ratio.

California's 8th-grade public school students ranked #48 on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) math achievement test according to the California Legislative Analysts Office. See "California's State School Rankings Are a Mixed Bag." California has the nation's highest public-school teacher salary and the ranks #49 on student/teacher ratio.

California ranked #48 on state unemployment--third highest in the nation and well above the national average.  California's unemployment rate remains stubbornly high despite California's fastest-in-the-nation job growth since June 2012.


California ranked #48 on business tax climate and has ranked near the bottom nationally since 2007.

California ranked #47 on state lawsuit climate.

California's 8th-grade public school students ranked #47 on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) science achievement test. California tied with Alabama and ahead of only Washington, D.C. and Mississippi.  Strangely, Proposition 30 champion Jerry Brown proposed eliminating the 2nd-year California high school requirement in order to save money.


California ranked #47 on economic performance.

California ranked #46 on small business survival.

California ranked #43 on affordable electricity costs--above the national average.


California ranked #31 on per student spending in public schools, according to the California Legislative Analysts Office (LAO).  See "California's State School Rankings Are a Mixed Bag." California has the nation's highest public-school teacher salary and the ranks #49 on student/teacher ratio.


California has the nation's 2nd-highest gasoline and diesel taxes in October 2012.  According to the Legislative Analysts Office (LAO), Proposition 30 will not affect gasoline taxes but will affect diesel taxes.

California has the nation's highest percentage of residents receiving Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) welfare benefits--well above the national average.


California has the nation's largest population and the nation's largest percentage of undocumented immigrants according to the Pew Research Center on Immigration.

The undocumented immigrant population is estimated at 6.7% of the total California population, or about 1 out of every 15 people.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that undocumented immigrants cost California's public school system about $11.27 BILLION annually, or about double the funds provided by Proposition 30 tax hikes.

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