How Prop. 89 Will Work
Sarah Phelan's article on Proposition 89 ["Clean Money
Draws Bipartisan Enemies," 7/19/06] says it's drawing
bipartisan enemies. I think that's a bit of a stretch.
The vast majority of the opposition is and will be from
corporations and other wealthy special interest groups that
don't want to lose what Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has
described as their "stranglehold on Sacramento."
I am sad to see the teachers' union opposing it, but they
obviously don't speak for all of organized labor. I have to
believe they don't fully understand or appreciate how Prop.
89 would benefit the state's ailing educational system.
The biggest single thing that cripples efforts by the
California Teachers Association to improve the lot of
teachers and our schools is the millions of taxpayer
dollars squandered on special interest tax loopholes and
other legislative favors doled out to big campaign donors
at the expense of the public good. Prop. 89 would fix that!
And since corporations and unions are subject to the same
limitations under Prop. 89, it's hard to give credence to
the so-called "legal experts" who fear that corporate
restrictions might be thrown out by the courts, leaving
unions as the only restricted party.
Unions get outspent by corporations many times over, every
election cycle. They'd be better off under Prop. 89.
See the article on San Francisco Bay Guardian website