Does pay raise mean tax increase?

Monday, February 4, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Empty teacher's deskThe teachers' strike in Los Angeles may be over, but some are wondering how much the deal will cost taxpayers.

In addition to smaller class sizes, the schools gave the teachers their requested six percent pay raise. However, Vincent Vernuccio of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy says it is unclear how the district will pay for the increase.

"So the taxpayers of Los Angeles and California should be wary because there could be some increased taxes coming, including I heard rumors of a tax initiative ... a tax increase initiative in the next few years," Vernuccio tells OneNewsNow.

Vernuccio

He says the Supreme Court decision last June that said nonunion government workers cannot be forced to pay union dues has not hampered union negotiation abilities by much.

"One of the interesting things is we're going to see again if other unions are going to take lesson from Los Angeles and increase their strike activity across the country," he notes.

Vernuccio says the one thing the schools did not cave on was the union's demand for a cap on charter schools.

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