June 7, 2006 12:16PM

Common Sense in California

In a referendum, California voters have a rejected a scheme (Proposition 82) supported by the state teachers’ union to impose a special 1.7 percent tax on high‐​income individuals to fund a government preschool program. A dangerous precedent could have been set here—that a government‐​dependent special interest could rabble‐​rouse a majority into the economic persecution of a minority for narrow gain. California voters soundly rejected the plan 59–41 in early returns.