Taxes and Choices for California

California’s taxation levels have increased to 10.5 percent, raising California to the sixth-highest in the nation in 2008.

Because of a dire budget situation, California must cut education. California is exploring shortening the school year, this would amount to furloughs for teachers since they would take days off without pay. The other option is increasing class sizes, this means laying teachers off.

The fact that California has the sixth-highest tax level in the nation and the 48th lowest spending level in education is an embarrassment. What do you think the lesser of the two evils is, shorter school year with furloughs or larger classrooms with layoffs?

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8 Responses to “Taxes and Choices for California”


  1. 1 Claudio Ramirez May 26, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    I would have to agree with the author of this article that its an embarrassment and unaccpetable. Why dont they cut “fat” off the state prison systems instead of the education system which was already under valued by the state and federal government which is ashame. If I had to choose out of those 2 horrible options i would have to choose the days off without pay to shorten the school year because over-sizing classrooms is never a good idea and no one wants to see hard working middle class Americans losing their jobs.

  2. 2 quique May 26, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    I believe that the lesser of the two evils would be to give furloughs. this is because it would simply make the teachers live a life where they would have to face trade-offs. but i do agree that it is pretty sad that california is in the financial state that it is in.

  3. 3 Tanisha/ Econ 100 July 9, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    First of all, I think it’s stupid to cut the most important thing that drives our country, which is education. But if I had to choose one, it would be furloughs. Our students need every minute in class because they are our future. Overcrowding the classroom means somebody is goin to miss out on something and there will be more distractions. Now, the teachers may be upset with a shorter school year, but at least the curriculum would be taught. Teachers are going to have to start finding summer jobs. Isn’t that sad?

  4. 4 Kit t Kat July 30, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    It sad that the most important things, like education and support for elderly have to be cut. Which is the worest, shorter school year with furloughs or larger classrooms with layoffs. Shorter school year with mandatory time off work with no pay seems better because it may be needed vacation time. A lot of teachers are stressed. Layoffs are permanent. Furloughs are temporary(shorter period of time.

  5. 5 wongt August 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    The furloughs seem to be a better option. At least it keeps people employed in already tough job market. Plus, I do not really like the idea of an even more packed classrooms. Students do not get enough individual attention as it is, so I believe the furloughs are a better option by a long shot while they figure out a better and permanent solution.

  6. 6 stacey smarker August 5, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    I tihnk that neather are better. The cut in the schools and education is only going to hurt the children and the education. For the furlough, where is the money going to come from? We have to look at where are going to cut next. I do find it sad that our education is so low compared to others and that our taxs are so high. I don’t think that California need to be taken over by the Federal Governement. Clearly the Governor is not working onthis issue and needs to over taken.

  7. 7 Kittygirl707 August 6, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    In my opinion neither solution is acceptable. Education of California’s children should be one of our state’s primary goals. To limit the ability of children in this great state to follow their dreams and become more than an unskilled worker looking for a minimum wage job is very sad. Children need to be encouraged to learn and blossom and grow; overcrowded classrooms and shortened terms will not give them the opportunities that they deserve.

    Continually increasing our tax rates does not appear to be the solution either as Californians will just stop making purchases as they can’t afford the combination of increased prices from hurting retailers with the additional tax burden.

    More eyes need scanning other revenue sources and legislation needs to be passed to get alternates into the queue. Things like the legalization of cannabis and the elimination of retirement pay for politicians who have not served a full 20 years (or longer). Why should politicians get a full retirement for anything less?

    There are alternatives to cutting education…

  8. 8 Maricar De Los Reyes August 6, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    I agree with the first poster. The amount of money given to the state prisons is embarrassing. How are we giving so much to them when we can’t even educate our own population? If I had to choose either, although I would rather choose none, I would choose to furlough. At least the teachers won’t be losing jobs and the classrooms will be somewhat still even. Its hard enough having 35 students in a classroom. How much more 65. That’s a lot of work for an underpaid teacher.


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