US voters got to cast ballots on more than just politicians in this week’s Presidential Elections.
Flying below the NZ media’s radar in the election were a couple of Propositions put to citizens of California, on subjects of more than passing interest to readers of this blog.
The mix of ingredients included :
- A Teachers’ Union up to its armpits in political influence buying
- Attempts to stop Union leaders siphoning their members’ money into left-wing politics
- A budget-blowing politician named Brown (who also has a $69 billion dollar train scheme)
Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, a very big spending namesake of Auckland’s own Spendin’ Len Brown, has dug California into a deep financial hole with “miscalculated” budget numbers and schemes like his $69 billion fast rail plan.
Rather than save his way out, he proposed an increase in taxes of over $6 billion dollars, through an increase in sales tax that would hit everybody, plus that perennial favourite, a special income tax on the rich.
Jerry sponsored Proposition 30.
It passed, and guess who donated most of the $40 million spent in a campaign to get it over the line – that’s right, the California Teachers’ Union and their mates in other public sector unions.
But the Teachers’ Union spent really big dollars to defeat Proposition 32.
The Paycheck Protection Initiative would have banned unions from using members’ subs to donate to political parties and politicians and stopped the compulsory employer deductions of union subs from a worker’s pay packet.
Thanks in part to the $22 million that the Teachers’ Union donated to a $68 million campaign, Proposition 32 was defeated.
Politics and unions continue on their happy way in sunny California.