Actor Danny Glover Urges Fellow Californians to Support Prop 55

SACRAMENTO - Actor, director, and activist, Danny Glover is pitching in to protect education funding in California to help our kids thrive by urging voters to vote Yes on Prop. 55 this November in a video released today. The video can be viewed here.

In the video, Mr. Glover—the proud Californian—says, “we’re committed to helping our kids thrive and the way to do that is with Prop. 55.” He then asks his fellow Californians to join him in voting yes on Prop. 55 this November.

Mr. Glover’s long-standing commitment for public education comes from gratitude for how education has graced his family and sparked his strong sense of humanity. In particular, Glover reflects on the power of education and of teachers who made a difference in his life and who also made a lasting impression: His sister, mother, a teacher in San Francisco and another in Detroit.

 

“We are thrilled to have Danny Glover join the Prop. 55 team and thank him for taking a stand for our schools and students,” said Jennifer Wonnacott, campaign spokesperson. “In a busy election year, it is exciting to add Mr. Glover’s voice to the chorus of educators, parents, health care providers, community leaders and so many others in supporting Prop. 55.”

Mr. Glover believes Prop. 55 is necessary to ensure California’s students have the opportunity to succeed as students and as working citizens; even when it means he’ll continue to pay a slightly higher tax rate as part of the 2% of the wealthiest Californians

“Someone who’s able to be rational, who’s able to think clearly, who’s able to make decisions, who’s able to be independent, who’s able to think independently, those are the properties and the possibilities that education brings to us,” reflects Glover.

The coalition of more than 250 organizations and elected leaders, includes the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California School Employees Association, California State PTA, Children’s’ Defense Fund – CA, League of Women Voters of California, California Medical Association, Health Access California, California Association of Counties, and many others. A full list can be found here.

 

Prop. 55, the California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016, will temporarily maintain the current income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians for 12 more years – singles earning more than $250,000 and couples earning more than $500,000 a year. Prop. 55 directs funds specifically to K-12 public education and community colleges, while also allocating funds to health care for low-income children and their families. The proposition contains strict accountability requirements.

Budget forecasts show that unless we extend the taxes on the wealthy, which would continue to bring in an average of $8 billion in annual revenues, our public schools will lose nearly $4 billion and our state budget will face a deficit of more than $4 billion in the first full year alone.