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Prop 38, Munger's effort to boost taxes for schools, defeated

Despite spending tens of millions of dollars, civil rights lawyer Molly Munger’s Prop. 38 was declared defeated early on with roughly 75 percent of no votes on the education measure. 

Munger released a statement on the results.

“Thank you to the many thousands of volunteers, community activities and many others who worked so hard and selflessly on behalf of Proposition 38. This year you helped raise awareness dramatically about the importance of increasing taxes to support public education. In the fight for Proposition 38, a powerful coalition has begun coming together and a strong movement has been formed. As we continue this fight, we can and will build on all the good work that has been done. Transformational change takes time and we are committed to staying the course until our state truly does tackle this school-funding crisis.

“So the fight will continue. Whether we are at the ballot, in Sacramento working on legislation, or finding other new, innovative ways to tackle this incredibly important issue, you can count on us to be there.”

Some have accused Munger of splitting the education vote by adding her measure to a ballot that already included Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30, which would also raise money for education by increasing taxes. Only one measure can pass.

As of midnight Wednesday, Prop. 48 has 52 percent yes votes with 59 percent of precincts reporting statewide. Most of the coastal counties are showing a trend toward more yes votes.

Munger is scheduled to be in KPCC studios on “Morning Edition” at 8 a.m. to talk about the election results.

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