The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act will
restore over $12 billion per year to California’s schools,
community colleges, health clinics, and other vital local
For nearly four decades, big corporations have not been paying
their fair share of commercial property taxes, leaving California
with the most overcrowded classrooms in the United States and
with some of the worst ratios of counselors, librarians, and
nurses per student.
This week, the Schools & Communities First campaign refiled the
the split roll ballot initiative with significant
improvements. The refiling is a result of organizing during
2018 that allowed the campaign to hear feedback from stakeholders
across the state on the ballot measure, and to consult with
California’s leading policy and legal experts. CFT is a key
member of the campaign coalition.
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.