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Event held in support of school-funding proposition

A banner hangs in downtown Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in support of Proposition 55. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Educators and supporters from around the city joined forces today to advocate for Proposition 55.

It is a measure that would extend income tax hikes for the wealthy to help pay for schools. The proposition would add 12 years to the personal tax increases enacted in 2012 on those who earn more than $250,000 a year.

The money would then go toward public schools, state community colleges and, at certain points, health care.

Proponents say it would prevent nearly $4 billion in funding cuts to education. Opponents say voters supported higher taxes in 2012 with Proposition 30 because Gov. Jerry Brown said they would be temporary.

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