California Voters Stand Behind Education and Pass Proposition 30

Despite recent polls showing a decline in support for Proposition 30, it appears the California voters have rallied behind Governor Jerry Brown's plan to stave off sharp cuts to public education. Proposition 30 temporarily raises sales tax and income tax in order to restore funding to the State's public education. Passage of Proposition 30 will raise about $6 billion annually for education. With 100% of precincts reporting, it appears that Proposition 30 secured 53.9% of the vote.

Proposition 38, a competing proposition backed by wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger, was handily defeated.

Proposition 32, the initiative that would have stripped unions of their ability to raise money through members in order to fund political activity, was also defeated. Proposition 32 was opposed by the CTA and other labor organizations.