Proposition 38 Fails to Pass

A lack of support leads to the defeat of Prop 38.

Written by ALBERT CHEN / Published November 16, 2012

On November 6 California citizens voted on several state propositions, among them was Proposition 38.

Prop. 38, however, did not pass, gaining 72.3 percent no votes and 27.7 percent yes votes.

Had it passed, Proposition 38 would have increased taxes on incomes of more than $7,316 for 12 years. The tax rate increase would be proportional to the amount of income of the individual.

Those with the lowest incomes would receive a 4 percent increase while incomes that exceed $2.5 million would receive a tax increase of 2.2 percent.

The extra income from the higher tax rates was expected to earn $10 billion annually. In the initial four years of the tax increase, part of the generated revenue would have been used to pay off state debts. $6 billion would be used to fund K-12 schools, $3 billion for paying off state debts, and $1 billion for early childhood programs.

Proponents of the proposition argued that California schools are seriously underfunded and require more attention, but the the tax increase an unwelcome, given the poor economy.

“Schools could definitely do with a little more funding,” said Senior Pauline Chen, “but the economy is really bad and I do not think families want more of their income to go to taxes.”

Those that are against the proposition argue that a 12-year tax increase puts too much of a burden on the backs of already highly taxed Californians.

“I think a 12 year commitment is just too much,” said Temple City High School English teacher Sarah Penalora, “Californians are already suffering from one of the highest taxes on incomes in all of the United States.”

The long duration of the tax increase and the burden that it places on citizens have both been major reasons for the lack of support for Prop 38.

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