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November 24, 2015

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Joe

This comes via today's SacBee columnist Dan Walters:

Money has been pouring into the state treasury – primarily income taxes on the state’s most affluent. The Legislature’s own budget adviser, Mac Taylor, has projected $3.6 billion in unanticipated extra revenue this year.

Brown’s fellow Democrats in the Legislature have many proposals to increase spending on health, welfare and education services. While he has been enthusiastic about K-12 school spending and building reserves, he’s been skeptical about expanding the health and welfare services that legislators favor, or the pre-kindergarten education they also want.

Under the state’s long-standing school finance law and the more recent rainy-day fund law, much of the extra revenue will go to schools and reserves. State and local spending on schools, $47.3 billion when Brown returned to the governorship in 2011, is expected to top $71 billion next year.

That’s well over $10,000 per student, which will elevate California’s per-pupil spending into the middle ranks of the states.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/dan-walters/article53532040.html#emlnl=Morning_Newsletter#storylink=cpy

Power to individual rights, not the false collective...

What is a "Right To Work" state?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-to-work_law

What is the argument to allow teachers to not pay an "agency fee" to The Cal Teacher's Union in Burlingame, if they disagree with The Union's political contributions or philosophy?

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/11/462607980/scotuspublicunions

Joe

This is another worthwhile read from Dan Walters:

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/dan-walters/article133751609.html

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