Small businesses, taxpayers rally against Prop. 30

Opponents of Prop. 30 will rally at noon.Opponents of Prop. 30 will rally at noon.Fresno area small businesses and taxpayer advocates will gather Thursday at a rally and press conference in North Fresno to oppose Proposition 30, a $6 billion a year tax increase that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Opponents of Prop. 30 say that it is a “shell game” that doesn’t guarantee any new money for classrooms, adding that money earmarked for education can be spent on other programs while raising sales taxes for consumers on everyday items.

“Proposition 30 does not guarantee one penny of new funding for schools,” said Jon Coupal, president of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association, in a statement.

Supporters of Prop. 30 say it will prevent deeper cuts from being made to schools this year while keeping police officers on the street by increasing personal income taxes on those with higher earnings – couples with incomes over $500,000 a year.

The rally begins at noon at BRE Software, 132 W. Nees Ave., Suite 106
 in Fresno.