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Vote YES on Proposition 30!

Posted on September 21, 2012

Creativity Explored, and other organiazations serving adults with developmental disabilities in California, urge you to vote YES on Propostion 30 this November. According to a recent poll, many people have not yet decided to vote for Proposition 30 or 38, two competing measures on the ballot to generate revenue to close the state budget gap. It's important to know there is a huge difference in the ways these two ballot measures would affect Creativity Explored.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Prop. 30 would increase sales tax by one cent for every $4 for four years and increase the personal income tax rate on individuals earning more than $250,000 a year and couples earning more than $500,000 a year for seven years. The money generated, with estimates ranging from $6 billion to $9 billion per year, would be spent on general state services, including public education.  If voters reject Prop.30, nearly $6 billion in spending cuts will automatically occur - including $5.3 billion from K-12 public schools and community colleges. Additional cuts will automatically occur in the Department of Developmental Services budget - which will adversely impact Creativity Explored.  

In additon to not receiving a rate increase for more than 10 years in the fees paid by the state for the services we provide, we experienced a reduction in payment rates in 2009. If Prop 30 passes, rates will be partially restored to almost the same rate we received in 2008.  Obviously, this does not take into account the increased cost of doing business in the last four years, but partial restoration of rates would go a long way. If Prop 30 is rejected, not only will 2008 rates not be partially restored, it's possible that we may expereince additional cuts. 

As indicated in the San Francisco Chronicle, Prop 38 would raise the personal income tax rate on nearly everyone for 12 years, with the highest earners paying the most. It would raise as much as $10 billion per year, with the money dedicated almost entirely to K-12 public schools. 

If Prop 38 passes and Prop 30 fails, the automatic spending cuts would still take effect. If both pass, the measure that receives the most votes takes effect. 

We urge you to vote for Prop. 30 in November.  By voting yes, you'll be supporting Creativity Explored and the entire service delivery system for people with developmental disabilities. Thanks for giving this measure sincere consideration and please support people with developmental disabilities by voting yes. 

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