California's economy finally is on the mend, creating jobs 1.5 times faster than the national average.
Increased state tax revenues from this economic recovery have been used to boost school spending by $3 billion. Local government received $100 million more for law enforcement.
WHY DO PROPOSITION 217 PROMOTERS WANT TO THROW A MONKEY WRENCH INTO THIS EXPANDING ECONOMY?
Eighty percent of California's businesses pay personal, NOT corporate, income taxes. Most are small businesses, and could be hurt by Proposition 217.
Small business is driving job growth in this state. It's dumb to attack these job creators.
PROPOSITION 217 IS A RETROACTIVE TAX INCREASE!
We just don't need another tax. With Proposition 217, California would effectively have the HIGHEST PERSONAL INCOME TAX RATE IN THE COUNTRY.
MORE MONEY DOWN A BUREAUCRATIC BLACK HOLE
Despite claims it ''protects schools," PROPOSITION 217 CONTAINS NO GUARANTEE that one penny would be used to reduce classroom sizes. The promoters own campaign materials state: ''IT IS MOST LIKELY THAT THE MEASURE WILL HAVE NO INITIAL IMPACT ON SCHOOLS . . ."
They promise funds for libraries, parks and police. But there's no accountability how local governments would spend the money. Los Angeles County, for example, spent $694,532 to lobby Sacramento in the first quarter of 1996--more than all the other industry, labor and special interest groups.
BEFORE TAXES ARE RAISED ANOTHER DIME, THE BUREAUCRATS SHOULD TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS, CUT WASTE AND DO MORE WITH THE $62 BILLION THEY ALREADY HAVE!
TAXES ALREADY ARE TOO HIGH!
NO on 217
JOHN P. NEAL
Chairman, California Chamber of Commerce Small
RICHARD T. DIXON
Mayor, City of Lake Forest