SRVUSD PTAs stump for Our Children Our Future initiative Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm
A petition drive is under way at San Ramon Valley schools to that could secure funding for schools across the state for the next 12 years. The petition drive for an initiative called Our Children, Our Future would bump taxes and put the money for schools into a lock box.
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Posted by RW Cook, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm
To those that push for additional taxes on millionaires I submit this excerpt from an editorial in the Wall St Journal today:
"From the mid-1980s to 2005, California's population grew by 10 million, while Medicaid recipients soared by seven million; tax filers paying income taxes rose by just 150,000; and the prison population swelled by 115,000."
Do you think additional taxes improve this situation or do more millionaires flee Kalifornia?
Posted by Swimmer, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Mar 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm
The problem is simply stated in the first comment, population up by 10,000,000 taxpayers up by 150,000. Even assuming that part of the 10M is due to under 18 there still was large increase in non-taxpayers. The solution is to give everyone a stakeholders right in the government by making sure that they all are taxpayers, this will cause government to be more accountable and transparent to all. All must be taxpayers for our government to be responsible to all. Not just tax the rich, esp when the definition of rich (millionaires tax) has been started in some proposals at $250,000 (while still a high number its easily reachable by a 2 paycheck family in Danville/San Ramon/ Silicon Valley) And these people are hardly "millionares".
Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm
The fundamental fallacy in all "lockbox" promises (promises that the new taxes will only be used for certain things) is that the availability of the new funds means that existing funds that WERE being spent on those items can now be diverted to other purposes. So in the end, the new taxes are basically going into the general fund.....
Sure, none of the new money will be used for administration, nor for increased salary and benefits. We'll just use freed-up existing funds for THAT....
Are people really that blind to how things work, in our lovely state?
Posted by Just saying, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm
I was at a PTA meeting with the district a few years ago and a comment was made as to why the district pays so much for the administrator salaries. They commented, that it was based on bidding to get qualified persons. Well there are alot of very seasoned folks out of work that would be willing to work for less the couple of hundred thousand salaries we are paying now. The corporations are now doing that, why not take a look at the administrative salaries. Be more transparent.