Happy California Day of the Teacher! Today has been a good day.
Together with our coalition partners, we kicked off California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act campaign today at this Sacramento news conference (see picture above) to ensure we do not have to go back to the days of massive budget cuts, teacher and school employee layoffs, larger class sizes, elimination of key programs like art and music, and skyrocketing college tuition.
We are just beginning to recover -- and unless we act this November to maintain the taxes on the wealthiest 2% of California's households, our schools could lose as much as $5 billion a year in critical funding.
Thanks to our collective great effort we helped meet the campaign’s goal and are submitting nearly ONE MILLION signatures to begin the qualification process for the November ballot.
We can't afford to give the wealthiest two percent of Californians a tax break that would result in nearly $5 billion in critical funding being slashed from our children's education every year.
Please stay connected and get regular updates on this campaign by signing up here: http://www.protectingcalifornia.com/act/cta?sc=tp.201605_cta-launch. We need you to share this link with as many CTA leaders and members as possible so please share this link. You can even share it on your social media page and urge followers and friends to sign up. A text is also going out but we need everyone encouraging folks to sign up.
And speaking of being social…
On TWITTER: join the critical conversation by following @ProtectingCA and using the hash tag: #CACantGoBack.
The beginning of the school year is here and 403(b) representatives and/or vendors will be gearing up their marketing activities. This may include mailings to your home, email solicitations, or offering you pizza in the faculty lounge.
Some 403(b) vendors will offer to provide you with information on your "State Retirement Benefits" or "Free CalSTRS or CalPERS estimates." These are often used as sales tactics to secure an appointment to sell you an insurance product.
You can also visit CTAinvest.org http://ctainvest.org/home.aspx which includes videos, consumer guides, calculators and other tools to help you make an informed decision with your 403(b) or 457 investments.
Don't be pressured into making a quick decision. Some products carry high fees and surrender charges. Before purchasing a product, be sure to ask the representative to disclose ALL fees and commissions, and put their recommendations in writing. Read or download the free CTA guide to SELECTING A 403(b)/457 ADVISOR & Understanding Plan Fees