The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is airing a new radio ad calling Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative to raise taxes "snake oil," arguing Proposition 30 would provide no new funding for schools.
"Sacramento politicians are out pitching their Prop. 30 snake oil," Jon Coupal, president of the taxpayers group, says in the ad. "But what Proposition 30 really is ... is a massive tax increase they claim is for our schools. But even the California School Boards Association says the initiative provides no new funding for schools. None."
Proposition 30, which would raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners, was endorsed by the California School Boards Association.
In a statement, the group said Proposition 30 and a rival tax measure, Proposition 38, "both will generate billions of dollars in much-needed revenue for public education."
The group's leaders said they "want to make it clear to the public that the governor's initiative does not provide new funding for schools. Instead, it bolsters the general fund with new revenue."
The taxpayers group's ad, running statewide beginning today, follows two issue advocacy spots aired by the group against Proposition 30. Like the most recent ad, it criticizes Brown and state lawmakers for approving the start of construction of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project, among other expenses.