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Proposition 10 is a badly flawed initiative. Its language provides for no specific Early Childhood Development programs. Instead it creates 59 NEW STATE AND COUNTY COMMISSIONS, which in turn are AUTHORIZED TO SPEND HUNDREDS-OF-MILLIONS OF NEW TAX DOLLARS ON UNSPECIFIED NEW SOCIAL PROGRAMS.

Proposition 10 AUTHORIZES THE CREATION OF OVER 500 NEW POLITICAL APPOINTEES AND COULD LEAD TO A STAFF OF 8000 to serve them. Proposition 10 even exempts the staff and employees of these new commissions from California's civil service laws. This initiative is A DREAM COME TRUE FOR AMBITIOUS POLITICIANS AND THEIR POLITICAL OPERATIVES: THOUSANDS OF NEW PATRONAGE JOBS AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE!

PROPOSITION 10's "SELF-AUDITING" PROVISION ALLOWS THESE POLITICAL APPOINTEES TO AUDIT THEMSELVES; WITHOUT ANY INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT. THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO NO ONE!

PROPOSITION 10 DEPRIVES BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND TEEN SMOKING PROGRAMS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. The Legislative Analyst's official fiscal analysis estimates Proposition 10 would wipe out millions in funds annually for health care programs such as breast cancer research.

Proposition 10 even goes to the extreme of exempting itself from the constitutional requirements of Proposition 98 that 40% of new tax dollars fund schools. The net effect is THAT PROPOSITION 10 RAISES $700 MILLION IN NEW TAXES, YET CALIFORNIA'S SCHOOLS DON'T GET THEIR FAIR SHARE!

Proposition 10 amounts to ONE OF THE LARGEST TAX INCREASES ON POOR PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA'S HISTORY, WITH NO GUARANTEES THAT ANY OF THIS MONEY WILL END UP IN OUR COMMUNITIES. Vote no to more wasteful government.

WILLIAM CAMPBELL
President Emeritus, California Manufacturers Association

FRANCESCA FELIZZATTO
School Teacher

RAMON RODRIGUEZ
Small Business Owner

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