For more than four decades, California corporations have evaded
their fair share of commercial property taxes, leaving our
schools with some of the most overcrowded classrooms and worst
ratios of students to counselors, librarians, and nurses in the
Schools and Communities First will close those property tax
loopholes in 1978’s Proposition 13 — without affecting homeowners
or renters — and channel more than $12 billion per year to local
schools, community colleges and other vital services.
Proposition 13, the School Safety Bond, will appear on the March
2020 California ballot. The initiative, which bears no relation
to Prop. 13 from 1978, is the largest school facilities bond
in state history, promoting adequate and equitable school
facilities that will provide healthy, safe, and educationally
appropriate school infrastructure for our children.
Former teacher and Assemblymember
Jackie Goldberg welcomed Convention delegates to Los Angeles
on March 22 and recounted an important history in the CFT’s 100th
Anniversary year. She talked about the need to reverse the damage
of Proposition 13.
California’s largest, oldest corporations have not been paying
their fair share for more than 35 years. As a result, the state
has lost billions of dollars in uncollected property tax revenues
— a major factor pushing our public schools to the national
bottom in per pupil spending and class size average. The state’s
most at-risk families and individuals have also seen essential
services repeatedly cut for more than a generation.