Courage Campaign Chair Rick Jacobs and CFT President Joshua
Pechthalt hold up a cake painted with California map frosting
before Progressive Convening attendees in Los Angeles celebrated
the Prop 30 victory by consuming it.
The meeting included representatives from the Reclaiming
California’s Future coalition and dozens of other organizations.
The group analyzed the election results and began to plan for the
next steps in making California a better place to live.
Voters in California sent a powerful message on Election Day,
passing Proposition 30 which raised income taxes on top earners
to support public education — the first major tax increase since
passage of the revenue-cutting Proposition 13 almost 35 years
Nearly nine in ten CFT members, 87 percent, voted for Prop. 30,
the merger of CFT’s Millionaires Tax and Gov. Brown’s original
initiative, according to a post-election poll commissioned by the
California Labor Federation.
California voters appear poised to reject a November ballot
measure that would ban political contributions by payroll
deduction, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles
Times poll. Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they
opposed Proposition 32, which would eliminate the main
fundraising tool of unions. Just 36 percent said they supported
The latest in a string of ballot measures claiming to limit
special interest money in politics will appear on the November
ballot. This is yet another attempt to deceive voters into
passing a law that benefits wealthy corporate interests at the
expense of workers and unions. It is nothing but a corporate
power grab, the kind California voters have already rejected
twice first in 1998 and again in 2005.
Proposition 32, a measure appearing on the November statewide
ballot, is not what it seems. While it claims to be about
“stopping special interests” the measure actually exempts
corporate special interests and Super PACs from its proposed
Instead, Prop 32 would give even more power to the wealthy and
well-connected to influence elections, control government and
weaken our state’s middle class, while drastically reducing the
ability of unions to represent their members and address workers’
needs through the political process.