From the Sacramento Bee:
“A shadowy Phoenix-based group contributed $11 million Monday to a campaign committee funding attacks on Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative and supporting a measure curbing union dues collection, a new campaign finance report shows.” (Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/10/mystery-arizona-group-sends-11-million-to-fight-unions-gov-jerry-brown.html#storylink=cpy)
See also an article in the SF Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/11-million-donated-to-defeat-Prop-30-3965946.php
If Prop. 30 does not pass in November, CSU will automatically sustain $250,000,000 in “trigger” cuts. Classes will be fewer and larger, tuition will rise, fewer students will be admitted, and CSU employees will lose hours or their jobs. This, as part of an over $6,000,000,000 in cuts to be made largely in public and higher education.
If Prop. 32 passes the ultra-wealthy– via “special exemptions”– will gain even more power over the political process. This intentionally confusing proposition is meant to promote the rule of capital at the expense of ordinary working people.
“Union members pay dues through payroll deduction, a portion of which is used for politics – to support candidates who stand with workers and oppose those who don’t as well as fighting ballot measures that threaten middle class jobs and wages. Corporations, though, almost NEVER use payroll deduction for politics; they use their massive profits. With the special exemptions in Prop. 32, corporate special interests will be able to spend with NO LIMITS on political campaigns through powerful Super PACs.”
Monday October 22 is the last day to register to vote.
You can do it online: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm