California Election 2022: Quick Facts on Proposition 28, which proposes to fund arts and music education without raising taxes


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — When California school districts face budget shortfalls, it always feels like the arts and music programs are the first to be cut. This is the problem that California’s 2022 election Proposition 28 aims to address.

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What is Prop 28?

This measure would set aside dedicated funds from the state budget to ensure that all students in public schools have access to high-quality arts and music programs.

Funding would not be guaranteed by an additional tax, but rather by a legislative requirement. The measure establishes this requirement that funds must be specifically earmarked for these programs, and only for these programs.

But some argue the money would come at the expense of other state-funded programs since there is no new source of revenue.

Who Supports Prop 28?

Prop 28 is backed by many famous California musicians, actors and media industry executives. It is also supported by labor unions, local art/music/education groups, and the California Teachers Association.

Who is against Prop 28?

No official opposition was formed.

What about the Democratic and Republican parties?

The California Democratic Party supports the measure. The California Republican Party is neutral on the issue.

What happens if the proposal is accepted?

School districts would have specific funds allocated to these programs and would be accountable for how the money is used and the specific programs that were funded. It is estimated that this would increase state education spending by $800 million to $1 billion per year.

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