Poll: A Sales Tax Hike to Fund Schools?

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a tax increase. Would you support it?

Would you open your wallet if you knew the money would go toward California's ?

Gov. Jerry Brown hopes so, and announced this week that he will try to take an initiative to voters next year asking for "a temporary tax increase."

If OK'd by voters, his proposal would increase income tax by up to 2 percent on "millionaires and high-income earners," and would hike the sales tax by half a cent.

Currently, the sales tax in Sacramento County is 7.75 percent. The extra half-cent would raise the local rate to 8.25 percent.

Brown said in an open letter announcing the plan that the money would go only to schools. Locally, the money is needed, although it might come too late. Jonathan Raymond, the Sacramento City Unified School District superintendent, said last week that even a ballot measure like Brown's would likely arrive after mid-year trigger cuts.

"It won't help us budget for schools in 2012-13," Raymond wrote in an op-ed to the Sacramento Bee.

Rosemont, would you be willing to pay an extra $2.50 in sales tax on a $500 television if you knew the money would be going to schools? Or should the state look elsewhere to find that cash? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

Harold December 07, 2011 at 06:44 PM
I have no intention of voting for increased taxes for anything at this point. I do not trust either party on either side of the aisle.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) December 08, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Looks like 70 percent of voters so far in this poll are against the tax increase. Any other ideas for what the state should do to better fund schools?
Harold December 09, 2011 at 01:02 AM
I'd offer up some thoughts but every time I do, I get yelled at, so I will keep them to myself:)
Cody Kitaura (Editor) December 09, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Harold, I love seeing spirited debate on the site, but I never want the climate to get bitter or for it to discourage people from weighing in. I hope everyone always feels comfortable sharing their opinions here. If you ever feel the discussion is getting out of hand or too personal, please let me know (cody.kitaura@patch.com, 916-200-6496). I think vitriolic comment sections are one of the biggest downfalls of a lot of websites, and I don't want this to be one of them.
Raider Nation December 10, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Harold, stop being such a victim just because we all don't just agree with everything you have to say. Maybe we should just all agree with everything you have to say and then this can be called the Harold Patch. Yelled at? How can you tell that through typed words? You sure beat the hell out of the CRPD so maybe that is why they have stopped responding to you. Given your logic they should just do what you do. Part of the problem with this country nowadays is the fact that no one knows how to recognize that we all have different opinions and are free to share them as well as be rebutted. No one is attacking you so get over yourself :)
Raider Nation December 10, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I am absolutely for it. The loopholes and other schemes that high income earners use to skirt their responsibility to this Nation has got to stop. Jerry Brown seems like the type who would make sure the money actually went to the schools. Its high time they pay their fair share.
Raider Nation December 10, 2011 at 05:39 PM
I would have no problem paying an additional half cent if it goes where it is supposed to go. Our schools need all the help they can get. Or we could take all of the subsidies that are handed out to large corporations in this state and apply those to our schools.
Brad December 10, 2011 at 09:08 PM
I think our entire educational system is fundamentally broken on so many levels that it doesn't matter how much money we throw at it. I'm not specifying any particular school, but something is seriously wrong when everyday parents send their children to a place that is often described as threatening, inadequate, unsafe, and potentially violent. To make matters worse, these children are first forced to go there, and then they are locked into the facility to create a prison-like environment. There are even teachers and staff that feel frightened of the students nowadays; I personally know my fair share. And how many more stories of violence and misconduct by, and against, teachers and staff are we going to hear? An education should be considered a privilege, not a right. Sadly, we still have an older generation or two who can remember their school experiences as a wholly positive experience, but trust me, that's changing. I wouldn't be surprised if the thinking about schools changes in the future as more and more students mature and realize exactly how broken the entire thing really is. In the meantime, I guess we are going to just keep chucking dollars at it in the perpetual pursuit for a quick-fix. I don't know what the answer is, but I do know the current situation is abysmal. Unacceptable low scores, teaching to the lowest common denominator, sexual misconduct, gang recruitment, drug introduction, lock-downs, etc. In short, the kids are right, school DOES suck!
Cody Kitaura (Editor) December 12, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Brad, you make a lot of interesting points, but what do you mean that "education should be considered a privilege, not a right"?
Brad December 13, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Just that many people don't appreciate what they are getting, as poorly provided as it may be. Each of us pay for these schools, but yet the schools themselves are often mistreated by the very people who have the privilege to attend or even work there. Even worse, they are used as political footballs by lobbyists and politicians who prey upon an idea that we must "save our schools", when it seems that their real interest is reelection or continued employment in a social program which is utterly broken. Think about it, I believe our system developed in the early 1900's or thereabouts. Even with method changes, we are still dealing with an antiquated, insufficient, and non-sustainable system, and we are losing the future because of it. We will become a second rate nation if it isn’t fixed - not a question of maybe - it will happen. It already is. Sadly, a nation that often prides itself on innovation, pioneering, and creativity has a death grip on a program that is almost a century old … and it isn’t working. Saddest thing is that those being most impacted by this stagnation, are the ones who can’t do anything to fix it, because they have no say until adulthood. Even worse, those capable of succeeding are being subjected to the acts, disruptions, and violence, of those who could care less and don’t have the desire, or brainpower, to be there in the first place. That distant sound you keep hearing, is the educated world laughing hysterically … at your children.


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