Proposition 30 (passed in 2012) hiked the state sales tax by a quarter cent, and made the state income tax the highest, most progressive in the nation.
Anaheim school board member and progressive teachers union activist Ryan Ruelas wants to keep it that way for at least another 12 years.
The powerful California Teachers Association and other special interests are funding statewide political ads urging voters to approve Proposition 55, which would keep the “temporary” Prop. 30 income tax increases in place for a dozen more years. Surprise!
Among the union activists in the ads urging us to continuing giving the state government a larger share of the people’s money is Ryan Ruelas:
Ruelas is a member of the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education. He is also on the State Council of the CTA and teaches at Anaheim High School – where he runs the AnaheimBROS, a political club for young Latino men which serves as a source of campaign volunteers and precinct walkers for Ruelas, Anaheim council candidate Jose F. Moreno and Moreno’s campaign manager Al Jabbar (another government union activist and member of the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Education).
In addition to working to keep Californians paying among the highest taxes in the nation, Ruelas is putting his energy into electing Jose F. Moreno (District 3), Arturo Ferreras (District 4) and Mark Lopez (District 5) to the Anaheim City Council:
That would be an interesting question for Moreno, Ferreras and Lopez to answer: are they voting “yes” or “no” on Proposition 55?