On all subjects, Yes on 15 campaign is failing: misleading voters about the reach, impact and negative consequences of the largest property tax in California history
SACRAMENTO, CALIF: Today, the No on Prop 15 campaign released a mid-term report card for on the Schools & Communities First campaign – with final grades coming due on Election Day, November 3, 2020. The report card highlights eight subject areas where the Yes on Prop 15 campaign has consistently misled voters, ignored significant flaws in the initiative that would harm communities throughout the state and hurt small businesses and consumers. The report card also gives the Schools & Communities First campaign an unsatisfactory conduct grade for lying to voters and for pushing a massive tax increase that would be highly disruptive to California’s already struggling economy.
“Report cards represent a teacher’s written assessment of a student’s work, progress, and conduct,” said Stephanie McKenzie, a public school teacher, Marysville City Councilmember, and mother. “If I were grading the Yes on 15 campaign, they would fail on nearly all fronts. At a minimum, I’d send the student to the principal’s office for telling so many lies and schedule a parent-teacher conference immediately.”
Throughout the course of the Prop 15 campaign, the No campaign has described – with supportive documentation – eight significant flaws that would harm key sectors of California’s economy, including farmers and ranchers, solar energy, disability access and fire suppression improvements.
To make matters worse, the Yes on Prop 15 campaign committee’s name – Schools and Communities First – is deceiving. Funding for education is last in line when the money is distributed and because Prop 15 is a general tax, there’s no guarantee that the monies raised by this tax increase would go into the classroom or to students in need.
“Prop 15 is just another blank check to the same broken system that will let local politicians spend our hard-earned tax dollars on outside consultants or administrator pay raises and pensions,” said Minnie Hadley-Hempstead, president of NAACP Los Angeles Branch and a retired public school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Schools lose with Prop 15. There’s no guarantee that any of the new revenue will make it into the classroom. Even the California School Boards Association refuses to support it.”
ABOUT NO ON PROP 15 – STOP HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES AND SAVE PROP 13
No on Prop 15 – Stop Higher Property Taxes and Save Prop 13, a bipartisan coalition of homeowners, taxpayers, and businesses, has been fighting to protect Prop 13 and oppose a split-roll property tax for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.NOonProp15.org.