Bravo to Ed Miller's take on the six major propositions, "TEA Party's take on the Propositions," Oct. 10. This makes it easy to vote correctly — "no" on all but Proposition 32. The "Paycheck Protection Initiative" bans both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates, contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them, and automatic deductions by corporations, unions and government employees' wages to be used for politics.
Contrary to radio ads, there are no biggies promoting this issue — no big oil companies, big banks, real estate developers — no big anything. As of Oct. 1, the total monies for Proposition 32 is $9 million, whereas the opposition is at $45.6 million, led by the California Teachers Association with over $18 million, followed by Service Employees International Union with almost $9 million.
Since the teachers union shows strong opposition, let's review the past. Here's an overview of our public education:
- 65 years ago California schools were rated very high among the best of the 48 states.
- 60 years ago UC Davis' annual tuition was $85 (two semesters at $42.50 each).
- 53 years ago teachers join the union and student performance begins its decline.
- 32 years ago, to fix the state education decline, the lottery is initiated for more funding.
Currently state schools are rated low among the 50 states. Annual tuition at the University of California is $13,200.
Now the administrators of our public schools have found a potential solution. Increase the time it takes students to graduate — that increases revenues while stabilizing costs but does create impact for class selections. A recent study of public schools found that only 57.8 percent of students attending four-year institutions earned a diploma in less than 6 years.
California — we have a problem! Proposition 32 will remove corporations and unions from automatically taking funds from their members' paychecks and contributing to political candidates and issues which may not be in the best interest of their members or the state.
Please join in support of Proposition 32 with the Tea Party and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Vote YES on Prop 32.
Former member, Rolling Mill
U.S. Steelworkers Union