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Coalition Forms to Oppose Big Soda and Corporate Special Interest-Backed Initiative to Decimate Local Services

League Joints with SEIU California, AFSCME CA, California Professional Firefighters and PORAC to Lead Charge to Defeat Measure

April 20, 2018
The Committee to Protect Our Communities formed on April 18 to oppose the “Tax Fairness, Transparency and Accountability Act,” a misleading named and dangerous initiative sponsored by the American Beverage Association (ABA) and the California Business Roundtable. 
Proponents are currently gathering signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot. The coalition opposing this measure comprises local governments, working families, labor groups, concerned individuals and business groups.
“Libraries, parks, medical emergency response, garbage and sewer, police, fire, streets and roads. These are the essential services that would be devastated by this proposed measure that puts corporate interests over the needs of local communities and our residents. Interfering with our cities’ ability to raise revenues to pay for local services is a far overreach that will hurt California’s quality of life for generations to come,” said Carolyn Coleman, chair of the Committee to Protect our Communities and League executive director.  
To date, ABA has put $4.1 million dollars into the committee in support of the initiative — well over 80 percent of the money raised so far by the proponents. 
Joining the opposition coalition are a number of widely respected organizations, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, California (AFSCME), the California Professional Firefighters (CPF), and the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC). 
The “Tax Fairness, Transparency and Accountability Act” would drastically limit local revenue authority. In part, it eliminates local authority to impose a tax for general purposes by majority vote and instead requires all local proposed tax increases subject to a two-thirds vote. This proposal also requires two-thirds approval of all members of the local legislative body before a tax can be placed on the ballot. It also requires that a tax contained in a regulation adopted by a state agency must be approved by two-third vote of the Legislature. For cities and other local agencies, it applies retroactively and may void some local measures approved by local voters on or after Jan. 1, 2018.
Proponents have until June 28 to qualify their initiative for the ballot. 

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