Make the Wealthy Pay More for Public Education
Could you imagine if the Philippines asks a similar question in a referendum? Would the answer be an overwhelming "Yes"? After all, only the wealthy pays more and the additional revenue is specifically set for funding basic education. The question seems unfair especially when most of the voters earn less than $200,000 and on top of that, no one can really argue against education funding.
The editorial board at Portland Press Herald actually recommends voting "no".
We want governments to provide sufficient funds for education. We want governments to make sure that the funding is equitable, schools where more children of poverty attend should get more resources. We want governments to prioritize education in their budget. Asking the rich to pay more taxes does look like a very simplified way of looking at a complex problem. I guess we will just have to wait tomorrow evening to see what the citizens of Maine choose.