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Parents Worry Proposition 30 Taxes Won’t Go Toward Education

Andrea Martinez, Katie Durocher, Alexis Mason |
November 6, 2012 | 7:41 p.m. PST

Staff Reporters


Proposition 30 raised questions about where tax money is really going among East Los Angeles parent voters Tuesday afternoon. 

A parent of two high school children, Olivia Brady, said she will be voting no on Proposition 30.

“I don’t want them to give my money to somebody else,” Brady said. “I’m working hard for my money and I don’t want that money to go to people who haven’t worked as hard as me.”

She said she worries about where her tax dollars are actually going.

“I pay for my children to go to a good school, and I think that is everybody’s independent duty as a parent. I can’t be held responsible for the education of others."

Chris Nuzzi, the father of a 16-year-old boy at Loyola High School, said he was also voting no on Proposition 30. He claimed that taxes in California are already higher than any other state in the nation.

“To be quite frank, I don’t want any other taxes. I think we are taxed well enough,” Nuzzi said. 

Like Brady, he also worries about where his money will be going and was skeptical if it would actually reach schools.

“It seems to find its way somehow to other people, not to the schools and kids who need it,” Nuzzi said. 

On the other hand, Patricia Salvaty, a teacher at Loyola High School and a grandmother to children in the L.A. Unified School District, said she voted yes on both Proposition 30 and 38.

As a teacher, she “always wants to makes schools better,” especially because her grandchildren attend the school district.

“I think that my property values are based on my school districts and how they work,” Salvaty said.

Proposition 30 not only affects parents and teachers, but students as well. 

Daniel Alba, a first time voter and college student, said he voted yes on Propositions 30 and 38 because of his own personal experiences. Both in high school and college, Alba has been unable to get the classes he needs to fulfill his major requirements. His schools were so overcrowded and recent budget cuts caused a deficit in school systems. 


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