3Center or American Progress | The Rise o ‘New Values Voters’
According o Corey imson, direcor o PICOCaliornia, passing Prop 30 was a op prior-iy or aih-based, labor, and civil righs groups in Caliornia—no only or is pracicalimpac bu also or is moral dimensions.
imson noes ha or years,PICOCaliorniahas held o he imporance o communiy over rugged individualism; an economy ha works or all, no jus a ew; and a governmen ha proecs and provides or he commongood. Proposiion 30, says imson, “became he vehicle o promoe opporuniy andprovide or a uller undersanding o wha allows or opporuniy o be creaed … Here,clergy [and communiy leaders] eel his moivaion very viscerally.” As he economic anddemographic shis occurring in Caliornia begin o “roll across he counry,” imson sayseors such as Prop 30 may well become a “proving ground” or values.
Tanks in signican par o PICO Caliornia’s massive ge-ou-he-voe eor—includ-ing 6,350 youh voluneers and a campaign argeing more han 252,000 inrequen vo-ers Caliornia voers approved Prop 30 by an 8-poin margin, 54 percen o 46 percen.
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People Improving Communiies hrough Organizing’ssuccess was no limied oCaliornia. PICO Unied Florida led heNo On 3campaign,
which successully deeaeda conservaive-backed eor o se a consiuional limi on revenue collecion and spend-ing. Alongside a coaliion ha included heLeague o Women Voers, he Florida Pareneacher Associaion, he Florida AARP, Florida New Majoriy, SEIU, Naional Councilo La Raza,and oher groups, PICO Unied Florida worked o rejec Amendmen 3, aaxpayer Bill o Righs-like consiuional amendmen
ha hreaened o gu unding orhe sae’s social services and public educaion in he name o conrolling spending.Similar eors have been deeaed in 20 sae legislaures since 1992, and he Ceneror Budge Prioriies has oulined how over ime, similar amendmens would “lead oincreasingly deep cus in he amoun o revenue o mee exising and emerging needs.… in shor, adopion o his measure would undermine Florida’s abiliy o make long-erm invesmens in areas ha are key o economic prosperiy.”
Yeor monhs beorehe elecion, inernal polling by People Improving Communiies hrough Organizingand is afliaes indicaed ha he bill enjoyed popular suppor.
Te group and is allies, however, rejeced he “logic” o Florida’s Amendmen 3 by promoing he imporance o supporing amilies, educaion, and public services. I ook pains o ariculae ha passing Amendmen 3 and is mandaed spending ceiling woulddecimae Florida’s public educaion and social services.
People Improving Communiies hrough Organizing’s dedicaed, daa-driven eorreaching more han 650,000 undecided voers paid o when Amendmen 3 was rejeced by voers 58 percen o 42 percen.