Health Care Providers Say Ballot Measure Supports Local Community Needs, Including Medical Services and First Responders
CALIFORNIA – Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California announced today it is endorsing Proposition 15, a much-needed state ballot measure that will close longstanding corporate property tax loopholes and generate nearly $12 billion for public schools and local community services. As COVID-19 has continued to devastate the State, these tax loopholes have resulted in resources going to corporate profits instead of for critically needed resources such as personal protective equipment (PPE), nurses, essential workers, public health systems, hospitals, and more.
As a leader within the health care field, and one of the largest providers of sexual and reproductive health care in the state, Planned Parenthood affiliates understand the importance of passing this important measure and the positive impact it will have on the health and well-being of local communities.
“At a time when so many health care workers and other first responders are putting themselves at risk to help get us all through this public health crisis, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California urges the public to support this important measure,” said Jodi Hicks, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. “It’s unfair that a small percentage of California’s largest and wealthiest commercial and industrial property owners have for so long exploited these loopholes, event at the expense of health care providers and the patients they serve.”
Research has shown that just 10% of California’s biggest, most valuable commercial property owners would generate 92% of the new revenue, underscoring the fact that a relative handful of corporations have been exploiting current loopholes at the expense of so many others. Proposition 15 would exempt smaller businesses and provide them significant new tax breaks. The measure would also exempt agricultural property, and maintain all existing Proposition 13 protections for homeowners and other residential property.
“This measure is long overdue,” said Hicks. “It’s time to put schools and health care, services that benefit all communities in California, ahead of corporate profits benefitting a few. We urge the public to vote Yes on Proposition 15.”
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is the state public policy office representing California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates. Through advocacy and electoral action, PPAC promotes sound public policy in areas of sexual and reproductive health care and sex education.