On Nov. 6, Proposition 30, the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, will be included among state measures on the ballot.
Proposition 30 is Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative that would increase state revenues for K-12 schools and community colleges. If passed by voters, it would temporarily increase personal income tax rates for seven years on individuals who make more than $250,000 and sales and use tax by one-quarter cent for four years, raising between $6.8 billion and $9 billion in 2012-13 and $5.4 billion to $7.6 billion annually through 2018. The measure would also complete the realignment agreement reached by the governor and local governments by guaranteeing funds for public safety services shifted from the state to local governments.
If Proposition 30 fails, the immediate impact to the CSU would be an additional budget cut of $250 million at a minimum, as specified in the signed 2012-13 state budget. This additional cut equates to a total loss of state funding to the CSU of nearly $1.2 billion or nearly 40 percent since 2007-08.
If Proposition 30 passes, the additional revenue for K-12 schools and community colleges would help the state meet its obligations to these entities, as well as help the state address its on-going structural deficit. By addressing the state’s budget gap, it is possible the CSU budget would be less likely to be cut and provides an opportunity for the CSU budget to be increased in future years.
On July 17, the CSU Board of Trustees voted to endorse Proposition 30 due to its direct relationship to the system’s fiscal stability and funding levels in 2012-13 and beyond. The measure is also supported by the CSULB Associated Students Inc., and the CSULB Alumni Association.
Information offered by both supporters and opponents of Proposition 30 is available online for review.
Supporters of the proposition have created a website that can be found at: http://www.yesonprop30.com/
Opponents of Proposition 30 have created a website that can be found at: http://www.reformsandjobsnottaxes.com/