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Murkiness Surrounding Propositions 30 and 38 Explained

Baffled by the two ballot initiatives seeking to send billions of dollars to public schools? Don't be. EdSource's new infographic helps clarify the confusion.

Since Hiram Johnson and his fellow Progressives made ballot initiatives a part of the California political landscape 100 years ago, the state’s voters have been obliged to grasp some fairly slippery policy issues before casting their votes. Propositions 30 and 38 are representative of the thorny problems other states assign to their legislators, but in California are punted to voters as popular referendums. 

Both propositions aim to send more money to the state’s public schools, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. For typical voters, even those who care deeply about public education, deciphering the long-term consequences of a simple for or against vote could require hours sifting through the arcana of school finance.

Fortunately, the folks over at EdSource did the hard work for us. They’ve prepared an infographic to explain the two propositions in a clear and illustrative format. As EdSource’s executive director Louis Freedberg noted in his accompanying blog, when voters are confused, they tend to vote against propositions—even propositions they might have supported had they possessed more knowledge.

Voters seeking yet more info on the initiatives can visit the Official Voter Information Guide, as well as analyses from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the California Budget Project and the League of Women Voters.

They can also go to the official campaign websites of Prop. 30 and Prop. 38.

justme November 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
These two props scare me the most. I'm hoping people aren't foolish and just believe what they tell you. The schools will never see a dime of this money. The state needs to fix the spending issues we have before they get MORE money. The unions need to get completely out of the picture. If the union contracts weren't so insane, the kids would see more money in the schools. Stop the swollen pension payments, the double/triple dipping, cut off the union hands in the cookie jars and that will free up millions if not more. Tell the UNIONS to stop stealing from our children with your vote! NO on 30 NO on 38 YES on 32
John Marshall November 06, 2012 at 08:18 PM
There is only 4 props i voted yes on 32 33 35 and 40. Everything else was completely retarded or wanted me to pay more in taxes.
justme November 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
looks like we voted the same on the props :) lol
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@ justme that gives me hope that 32 just might pass and that 30 and 38 will fail.
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