January 17, 2013 – Gov. Jerry Brown wants to help inner-city schools at the expense of suburbanites. But there must be a better way to assist the disadvantaged than to trigger class warfare. And there is. It is to give school districts a better opportunity to raise their own tax revenue. That could involve reducing the voter threshold needed for levying parcel taxes from two-thirds to 55%. This idea currently is kicking around the Legislature. But so far it hasn’t been linked to Brown’s new school-funding proposal. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is proposing legislation that would allow school districts to raise parcel taxes for day-to-day operations by a 55% vote.
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