Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.

California Ballot Measure - Proposition 38

Election: Nov. 6, 2012 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Yes: 3541199  (28.72%) Argument For
No: 8789890  (71.28%) Argument Against



- Increases personal income tax rates for annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale from .4% for lowest individual earners to 2.2% for individuals earning over $2.5 million, ending after twelve years.

- During first four years, 60% of revenues go to K-12 schools, 30% to repaying state debt, and 10% to early childhood programs. Thereafter, allocates 85% of revenues to K-12 schools, 15% to early childhood programs.

- Provides K-12 funds on school specific, per-pupil basis, subject to local control, audits, and public input.

- Prohibits state from directing or using new funds.

Measure Text

Increases taxes on earnings using sliding scale, for twelve years. Revenues go to K–12 schools and early childhood programs, and for four years to repaying state debt. Fiscal Impact: Increased state tax revenues for 12 years—roughly $10 billion annually in initial years, tending to grow over time. Funds used for schools, child care, and preschool, as well as providing savings on state debt payments.

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