Posted on May 21, 2011 by the San Francisco County Central Committee
Organize the petition drive to get an oil extraction tax on the ballot. Meet the measure's sponsor, Peter Matthews, Saturday morning in San Francisco.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly gave the time of this event as Sunday, May 22. Actually, it happened on Saturday, May 21. We regret the error.
This is a ballot initiative for the next statewide election, which will be in June 2012 (unless a special election is called before that.) The Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee has endorsed this drive. The money this initiative will raise will be divided between K-12, the Community Colleges and the State University system. These aren't regressive taxes, like the tax extensions that Gov. Brown is pushing.
Historically, P&F has been opposed to "Ballot Box Budgeting:" That's when we're asked to vote for taxes or "revenue enhancements" that are earmarked for specific purposes rather than going into the general fund. However, many of us are now thinking that, since a 2/3 majority is required to get ANY tax passed, being specific about what the money will be used for makes it easier to reach that 2/3 threshold.
Petitions can be downloaded from Rescue Education California. (Make sure you print them out on both sides of 8-1/2 x 14 legal paper. 8-1/2 x 11 letter paper is too small for anyone to sign, let alone read.) This worthy effort was endorsed (unanimously) by the SF Labor Council at its May 9th meeting.
If you want to learn more, and get really energized for this campaign, than 435 Bryant Street at 11:00 AM Sunday morning, May 22nd, is the place to be. Peter Matthews, a political science professor from Long Beach California, who is spearheading this initiative will be making an appearance to launch the campaign in the Bay Area.
Also, please join us and volunteers from several organizations at Rainbow Grocery (14th and Folsom St's) Saturday morning, May 21, at 9:30 am to 11:30 am to get signatures for the Oil Tax to Fund Education Ballot Initiative. This is also a good opportunity to register voters into our Party. You can get some registration forms from the Department of Elections.