Proposition 15: The Fight to Fund Our Schools and Communities
September 18, 2020
For nearly 50 years, suppressed property value assessments have left California without the tax revenue needed to commit robust funding to public schools, health services, and other vital social goods. When Howard Jarvis’s notorious Proposition 13 passed in 1978, it created a system whereby property taxes are reassessed only when properties are sold, rather than every year. This has left big corporations like Disney, massive California country clubs, and other businesses paying taxes based on 40-year-old property values. This November, Proposition 15 would change that, forcing wealthy commercial property owners to pay their fair share to invest in public services.
How has the legacy of the tax revolt and Prop 13 shaped California’s public sector? What do our public schools and community services look like under the current property tax regime? How will Prop 15 change things? And how can labor unions organize to change the status quo, fight for wealth redistribution, and improve public funding for public goods?
Join DSA chapters across the state and UAW 2865 members for a panel and facilitated discussion about workers organizing for wealth taxes, public education, and public health with Mike Davis (Author of City of Quartz, Planet of Slums, and co-author of Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties), Gloria Martinez (UTLA Elementary Vice President and LAUSD Special Educator), and Mari Lopez (California Nurses Association organizer).
After an hour of discussion and Q&A, members will phone bank voters about the Yes on 15 campaign.
This event is being hosted through UAW 2865 so you must RSVP here to get the Zoom link!
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