Democrat legislators in California have introduced a bill that would offer educators major tax breaks, exempting teachers from paying the state income tax – the equivalent of a 4% to 6% salary increase – after five years in the classroom. They couch the move as an effort to combat the state’s growing teacher shortage.
Beside the fact that once one labor union faction gets a gigantic perk like this all the others start demanding similar special treatment, this move segregates educators into an elevated special interest group. The move treats teachers - and all who would fall under the legislation - differently under the law than every other California resident.
It would only be a matter of time before other public sector factions demanded similar treatment. First responders, public works employees, you name it, would be screeching about "fairness," and rightly so. To carve out a tax exemption of a designated group is a political move, not an incentive.
I would hope that this measure fails miserably in the California legislature, but their culture is so foreign to equal protection under the law (and the Constitution) for all that anything could happen. Then, only litigation can affect equality by deeming the move unconstitutional, but being a State issue...