So What Does Proposition 55 Do…

Proposition 55 protects our students and public schools from returning to the days of massive budget cuts, educator layoffs, larger classes and tuition hikes

California public school funding was cut to the bone during the recession, forcing more than 50,000 teacher and staff layoffs, huge class sizes, and the elimination of programs like music and art that make our kids well-rounded. Public schools and colleges are just starting to come back from these cuts, and unless we pass Prop 55 to maintain the current income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians, our schools will lose up to $4 billion a year.

Furthermore, California is facing a severe teacher shortage. There is a need to hire more than 22,000 teachers next year alone, and schools are just beginning to restore critical support staff, including school security, library aides, bus drivers and custodians.


Funding from Prop. 55 will give local school districts the money they need to hire quality teachers and school employees, and to reduce class sizes.

Furthermore, Prop. 55 will help keep tuition rates stable and make more classes available to California’s 2.1 million community college students.

Proposition 55 Does Not Raise Taxes on Anyone, the Wealthiest Will Temporarily Continue paying the same amount they are now to protect schools and Vital Services from deep cuts

Prop. 55 only affects the wealthiest Californians who can most afford it, ensuring they continue to pay their share of taxes so that funding for education and other vital
services is not cut – this is not a tax increase.

Budget forecasts show that unless we maintain the taxes on the wealthy, our public schools will lose nearly $4 billion and our state budget will face a deficit of more than $4 billion in the first full year alone.




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