This is in response to “Post-Prop. 30 California” by George Neely, April 13. In the column he said the Lodi Unified School District voted to spend more money due to Prop. 30.
Neely comments: “We may have hit the bottom of a funding crisis.” He hopes it will be the last of the cuts. By stating this, we are kicking the can down the road. Where are the facts to back this?
Prop. 30 increased taxes, which increases the number of people and companies leaving California.
California is still in economic stagnation. Why? Companies and people are leaving the state due to high taxes and choking regulations. I drive around Lodi and see many empty store lots. Last year, two businesses closed on Cherokee Lane and their buildings were demolished. Stockton is in bankruptcy. California has the country’s highest rate of unemployment, including San Joaquin County. Young adults are delaying having kids (or having no kids at all) because of diminished employment prospects.
At the last LUSD meeting, the board unanimously restored pay using Prop. 30. For example, a high school principal salary went from $103,987 to $131,177.
The money at some point will run out. Neely is kicking the can down the road, because it’s unsustainable spending that got us in trouble in the first place.