Resources to Fight for California's Future

It takes fair tax policies to fund California's future. In order to provide for the schools and services everyone needs, voters need to know what's at stake when tax measures come before them. For more information, to order copies of these publications, or to hold a meeting in your union local or community organization to explain these issues and motivate people to become active in the Fight for California's Future, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Yes on Prop 55
Between now and November 8, the most important fight for fair progressive taxes is the fight to pass Prop 55, the Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act, which maintains Prop 30's modest income tax increase on people making over $250,000 a year to fund schools and vital services.

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Prop 55: Help our children thrive
New 6 minute video (April 2016) explains why schools need a Prop 30 extension. Features CFT members, State Senator Loni Hancock, and state budget expert Chris Hoene.

 The Impact of Prop 30

Profound: The Impact of Prop 30
Prop 30, passed in 2012, is working. Each year the funding from this progressive tax has further stabilized California's economy, and restored more programs to schools and services. In this video we see how deep the cuts went before 2012, and examples of how Prop 30 funding has brought back laid off teachers, classified employees, and helped students who needed help the most to gain access to improved educational opportunities.

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The Difference Prop 30 Makes
A two page flyer summarizing the achievements of Prop 30 around the state, and making the argument why this crucial tax needs to be renewed or a comparable progressive tax measure put in its place.

Talking Taxes

How We Won: A Short History of Proposition 30
Five page article describing how we got to Proposition 30, which imposed a higher income tax rate on wealthy Californians, and a tiny increase in state sales tax, bringing the state $6 billion a year to restore cuts in public education and social services. The article describes how the idea began in the Fight for California's Future campaign, and eventuated in passage in  2012 of a statewide tax in a supposedly "anti-tax state."

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This 8 minute video shows how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by award-winning artist Mike Konopacki, and written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers.
PowerPoint slide image Talking Taxes: Fixing Our Future slide show
(PowerPoint, 3.9 MB)
A twenty five-slide Powerpoint presentation on how fair tax policies can successfully address restoring public education and services to the levels Californians need and deserve. Includes presentation notes.
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Talking Taxes pamphlet (pdf, 5 MB)
A 20 page booklet that provides the general economic and historical background an activist needs to contribute to the movement for fair taxes, as well as specific activities to engage in, sample letters to the editor and op eds, statistics useful in discussions, and more.

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Make it Fair
California loses $9 billion dollars in revenues that should be going to schools and services each year due to loopholes in commercial property tax law. The Make it Fair coalition is working to close the loopholes, and provide the opportunities for California that come with adequate funding. 

What you can do:
Go to the Make It Fair website and sign up to receive updates on the campaign and endorse the movement.

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CFT Progressive Tax Policy brochure (pdf, 2.3 MB)
The short course: a two sided brochure that succinctly lays out the arguments for fair tax policies, including a brief explanation of progressive versus regressive taxes, a few pertinent facts about wealth and income inequality, and a sample letter to your legislator. (Click here for Spanish version).

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What to say when they tell you "business/jobs will flee California" (pdf)
You’ve heard the argument a million times. If the topic comes up about the need for fair tax policies on the rich and corporations to fund public education and services, the first objection you will hear is “But businesses/the rich will leave California, and then all the jobs will be gone.” Here are the simple, fact-based answers to this pervasive myth, spread every day by big business propaganda.
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Books, articles, websites and videos to help you understand the growing economic inequality in California and the nation, and how progressive tax policy can reverse it.