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PTA Meeting to Spark Discussion About Tax Initiative

With state funding for education continuing to decline, PTAs across the state, including those in San Bruno, are banding together behind a tax initiative that aims to raise more than $10 billion for California schools.

PTA Meeting to Spark Discussion About Tax Initiative

If you've been following any of the debates about school funding in Sacramento recently, then you've probably heard about two competing proposals that have been launched to raise money for K-12 education throughout the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal, the so-called millionaires tax, calls for a temporary quarter-cent sales and income tax hike on people making more than $250,000 a year. According to media reports, the money—an estimated $2 billion in the first year—would be used for schools, deficit reduction and other purposes.

That proposal has the backing of the California Federation of Teachers.

However, Southern California civil rights attorney Molly Munger has sponsored a tax initiative of her own that has the backing of PTAs throughout the state.

Her proposal is called " Our Children, Our Future," and it aims to raise more than $10 billion by raising income taxes on a sliding scale for seven years on people who make more than $25,000 a year.

At at 6:30 p.m. today, the California State PTA president will be discussing the Our Children, Our Future ballot measure with parents at the at the library.

All parents concerned about the future of school funding are encouraged to attend.

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