Friday, July 25, 2008

CA STATE PTA ACTION ALERT

In our email "In-Box":







CALIFORNIA STATE PTA

STATE BUDGET ACTION ALERT

CALL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS BEFORE THIS TUESDAY!


July 25, 2008


Word is out in Sacramento: there may be a vote on the state budget in the
legislature next Tuesday, July 29.


We urge you to contact your state assembly member and senator before then to
communicate the following:


Stand up for children!


Support the conference committee budget because it takes a balanced approach and prevents deeper cuts to education and children's services.


Any final adopted budget package must include revenue enhancements.


Please call right away! It will only take a few seconds to lend your voice.

If you're feeling shy, you can write or type your message to your legislators and fax it to them. If you don't know your elected state representatives' phone, fax or address, you can find it here:


http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html


Background:

Legislative leaders and the Governor have been meeting to try to work out a solution to the state's $15.2 billion deficit. A legislative conference committee (made up of Assembly and Senate representatives) has released a budget proposal that takes a more balanced approach to solving the deficit than previous "cuts-only" proposals.

The conference committee budget includes a significant amount of new revenues to help prevent against any deeper cuts to education and children's services.
As you know, in January and again in May, the Governor proposed massive cuts to education and children's programs. The Conference Committee budget eliminates some of the deepest cuts. For example, it would restore $2.4 billion of the Governor's proposed $4.3 billion in cuts. Given the current economic and political climate in the state, this conference committee budget represents the best proposal on the table so far. It generates new revenues to prevent even deeper cuts.

It is a major step forward from the earlier proposals - thanks to the strong voice of PTA members throughout the state.


California State PTA will watch closely to make sure that the revenue components of any budget deal are included in the "trailer bills" that follow. We also remain deeply committed to raising awareness and advocating for the state to fully fund the education and support services necessary to ensure the future health of our state.


Conference Committee Budget:

Takes a more balanced approach to solving the state's $15.2 billion deficit. It closes tax loopholes and rolls back tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Californians and restores money to education, health care and public safety.

Rejects deep cuts in education and health care and includes $9.7 billion in new revenue, which is $2.7 billion more in new revenue than what the Governor proposed.


On the expenditure side, the committee's plan:


Provides $2.3 billion more for K-12 education than proposed by the Governor.

Restores $1.5 billion in cuts to health and human services. This includes restoring nearly $200 million in health care services to some of the state's most vulnerable residents, the reimbursement rate for Medi-Cal providers and federal pass-through funds for the aged, blind and disabled.

Reduces corrections spending by $300 million with a reform package that helps lower the prison population.

Restores drastic cuts to home care services.

Restores funds for at-risk kids.

Restores $57 million in financial assistance for college students.


On the revenue side, the committee's plan:


Reinstates the tax brackets on the wealthiest Californians by reinstating the 10% and 11% tax brackets. Revenue generated: $5.6 billion.

Closes a corporate tax loophole for large corporations. Revenue generated: $1.1 billion.

Suspends a tax adjustment for upper-income Californians. Revenue generated: $815 million.

Rolls back a tax loophole for upper-income Californians. Revenue generated: $215 million.

Restores the franchise tax. Revenue generated: $470 million.

Steps up tax enforcement. Revenue generated: $1.5 billion. This is one-time revenue.



For more information on the conference committee budget compared to the
Governor's proposals, visit the California Budget Project at

http://www.cbp.org/

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