Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to raise taxes by $6 billion a year is vital to California’s future on many different levels.
Although purists might have wished for an alternative with wiser tax policy, Proposition 30 is the measure that is before the electorate on the Nov. 6 ballot. It warrants a “yes” vote.
The budget approved earlier this year includes $6 billion in cuts that would be imposed if Proposition 30 fails. The biggest cuts, $5.4 billion, would fall on public schools, forcing local officials to shorten the school year by weeks, a disastrous prospect. Public universities would endure another $500 million cut, and raise tuition again.