California’s public institutions have experienced massive disinvestment over the past 40 years, with cuts to health, human services and public education. At the same time, we’ve seen a “race to the bottom” in the private sector with the expansion of low wage, low benefit, part-time work. California has the highest percentage of people living in poverty and ranks at or near the bottom in funding for education, despite being home to many of the largest corporations and millionaires.
ACCE Action leads ReFund California, a coalition of more than thirty organizations working to shift the narrative about who is to blame for this crisis and working to advance corporate accountability campaigns that raise needed revenue, preserve and expand affordable housing and raise the floor on wages and benefits. We’ve had many victories over the past few years!
A current priority is to build public support for commercial property tax reform, which can raise an additional $6-8 billion in revenue to support a strong and healthy California. And on the worker justice front, ACCE is active in efforts to raise the minimum wage in multiple cities across the state.
We passed laws in 3 cities to fine banks $1,000 / day for vacant, blighted properties. In Oakland this led to the massive clean-up of blight and has generated more than $2 million so far, which has funded the new Housing Assistance Center to help struggling homeowners and tenants.
We secured $15 million in new revenue for both L.A. and S.F. Counties by exposing the lack of property tax assessments on certain bank-owned homes, and then went on to win an additional $10 million in revenue for Los Angeles by getting commercial real estate giant Brookfield Office Properties to pay the appropriate level of taxes.
In 2012, we helped to lead the successful effort to pass the CA Homeowner Bill of Rights , the strongest foreclosure prevention legislation in the country, saving the homes of tens of thousands of Californians.ACCE Action played a key role in the Milionaire’s Tax campaign and the broad coalition that conducted large-scale voter education helping to pass Proposition 30 on the November 2012 ballot, raising between $7-9 billion annually in new revenue for schools and other vital services, by increasing taxes on California’s wealthiest.
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