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Thoughts from the Progressive Convening

Ben Grieff

Last week I attended the California Progressive Convening hosted by the Courage Campaign. It was great to be in a room with other progressives representing awesome organizations from all across the state. The mood was upbeat because things are looking up for California. The Democrats won a supermajority in the State Legislature for the first time since 1883, and Prop 30 passed by 10 points!

The best part was that people were seriously talking about reforming the commercial aspect of Prop 13. After such huge electoral success in November we, as progressives, recognized that Prop 13 no longer needs to be regarded as a third rail in California politics. Now is the time to start educating voters about why reforming Prop 13 is so vital to the future of our state.

At the Convening we learned that the Governor’s proposed budget for 2013-14 will still shortchange our public schools. Only $8,300 will be allocated per student in California, which may seem like a lot until you realize that Wyoming spends over $18,000 per student in their state. It’s clearly past time to make commercial property owners pay their fair share. I’m excited that Evolve is at the forefront in the effort to reform Prop 13, and I look forward to working with other groups from across California to save our schools.