A Coalition of One
On what grounds are the first two groups included on this list:
Health care workers, small-business owners and unions are especially concerned about that prospect. A new group, the Coalition for Our Communities, has raised $1.3 million, about $1 million of that from national teachers’ unions, and plans television advertisements and direct mail campaigns against the repeal.
Karen White, director of campaigns and elections for the National Education Association, which has given $750,000, said the “reckless proposal” would have “dire consequences that will put education at risk, health care at risk, public safety at risk.”
She added: “We’re prepared to commit more money if we need to. We’re going to do what we need to do to make sure that we win this one.”
Coughing up a million bucks (77% of the financing for the “coalition”) is certainly evidence of especial concern, but what have health care workers and small-business owners done? Particularly for the latter group, I imagine the explanation would require that one consider a subset of “small-business owners” to be decisive.
The whole thing does make me wonder, though, whether a coordinated state-by-state effort to end state income taxes mightn’t bankrupt the teachers’ unions as they attempted to protect their heard of cash cows.