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Crossroads students look at Propositions 30 and 38

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:40 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:40 a.m.

Students in the seventh and eighth grades at Crossroads Community Day School have taken a critical look at two tax-increase proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot that would benefit state education. Following are some of their observations and endorsements.

My opinion on these two propositions is I’d rather see Proposition 30 pass. The reason I’d prefer Proposition 30 is because I think if someone is making a large amount of money yearly, they should have a higher income tax rate because the ones that make less money can barely afford paying taxes. An excellent argument for Proposition 38 is that all tax money goes to schools. That is swell, because the way the economy is going, schools need money for new equipment, books, buildings, classrooms and for teachers to be able to teach. As you see, both propositions have their own great benefits.

—Alex Espinoza

Proposition 30 says it will increase personal income tax on annual earnings of more than $250,000 for seven years, and sales taxes go up by 1⁄4 cent. Proposition 38 raises income taxes on everybody. In my opinion, I think Proposition 30 is better because schools need more money for school supplies and new technology. Schools need better science equipment and need to keep up with the latest technology. They also need physical education equipment like balls and basketball hoops; more art supplies like pencils, markers, paint; and more.

—Eric Montano

Propositions 30 and 38 both are useful, but unfair and fair in their own ways. Gov. Brown has proposed Proposition 30, which would increase income tax for those making more than $250,000 a year for seven years and would increase sales tax for everyone by 1⁄4 cent for four years. This is unacceptable. Lower-income Americans shouldn’t have to pay any higher sales tax because they barely make enough to live on as it is. But it is good in that it gives most of the tax money to schools. The rest goes to safety services, but it’s unclear how much. Then we have Molly Munger proposing Proposition 38. She wants to increase income tax for everyone, using a sliding scale for 12 years and no sales tax increase. That all the money goes to schools is great. I think it’s fair, and schools really do need the money. We need everything from books and pencils to computers and Smart Boards. Both propositions have their good and bad points. In conclusion, I think Proposition 30 is unfair and Proposition 38 is understandable and right. Vote yes on Proposition 38 and no on Proposition 30.

—Brandon Vincak

Schools really don’t have that much money now. They are starting to cut more things like programs and teachers. Schools don’t really have that many materials in classrooms now. Proposition 30 is proposing a tax that will increase taxes on people who have annual earnings of more than $250,000 for seven years. It will provide mostly school funds, and some will go for public safety. The money would provide better programs for troubled kids so they stay out of trouble and out of prison. Proposition 30 is better than Proposition 38 because it offers more.

—Jose Garcia

In November we are having an election on Propositions 30, and 38. I honestly don’t like either. Why more taxes? Proposition 30 increases sales taxes for everyone by 1⁄4 cent for seven years. We already pay enough sales tax when we buy something, don’t you think? The reason I don’t like Proposition 38 is because it increases income tax for everyone by using a sliding scale for 12 years. Who wants to pay more taxes when we already have to pay a lot of bills, taxes, etc.? I’m really against both. Who wants more taxes? It’s really unfair. What do they do with the money anyway? I sure would like to know. When I pay taxes, I would like to know what they’re using my money for. Why are they spending so much money on prisons and not on schools? It’s not fair. I’m in school, and I like to play sports, but the schools never have enough money. Both propositions hit the poor people. It’s hard enough for them, don’t you think? The poor barely have enough money for the roof they’re providing for their kids, but they want to keep piling more taxes on them. I think neither of the propositions are fair. I wouldn’t vote for either of them and neither should you.

— Joseph Street

Giving tax money to not only the schools in California, but to the police, firemen, and doctors? That’s ridiculous. All the safety services are not struggling, the schools are. The safety services are pumped up with equipment that is paid for by the state, while the schools are using damaged equipment such as desks, books, computers and beat up boards. Schools can’t get new and improved equipment because they don’t have enough money that is being used on unnecessary stuff. Teachers in schools are using their own hard-earned money to make their students learning experience better. Adults are always saying, “We have to think about the future. The youth in this state are going to be the ones that are going to be running the shops. We must make their education better.” Proposition 38 focuses on schools, making sure that schools get what they need. Proposition 30 does this, but doesn’t put as much money into education as Proposition 38 does. Proposition 38 puts100 percent of its money into schools.

—Justin Ramirez

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