California State University campuses are trying to spread the word on why voters should say “Yes” to Proposition 30 – a measure that raises taxes to prevent further state cuts to education.
Over the next week, Cal State campuses in Sacramento, Long Beach, and San Francisco are hosting nformational events detailing the potential impact of the tax initiative. Voter registration drives are also part of the effort. Some critics, including the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, charge that with actions like this the public university system is engaging in improper political advocacy.
KPCC’s Julie Small recently reported that although a slim majority favors Prop 30 – 55% of survey respondents say they support the quarter cent tax hike - pollsters say its fate is “vulnerable.”
If voters approve it, the measure would prevent a $250 million “trigger” cut to CSU’s budget that would take effect at the end of the year.
In anticipation of a worst-case scenario (in which voters reject Prop 30), Cal State has devised a contingency plan:
- 5% tuition increase
- reducing campus expenditures by $132 million (this breaks down to about $600 per student)
- and potential enrollment and staff reductions
If the measure passes, Cal State students can expect a $249 check in the mail – a refund of a new tuition fee already in place in response to a bill the legislature and governor approved as part of the state budget.
These events are scheduled at campuses:
- October 3: Sacramento State and LEED
Forum with participants including Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and state and local education, business and opinion leaders. Campus contact Kim Nava (916) 278-4016.
- October 9: Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College
President F. King Alexander will join Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser on the front steps of the steps of the Walter Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach to discuss the impacts the initiative will have on the campuses, district and the Long Beach College Promise. Campus contact Rick Gloady (562) 985-5454.
- October 10: San Francisco State
Student Registration Rally from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Malcolm X Plaza and Quad. Among the speakers scheduled to participate include Joseph Greenwell, dean of students and Adenike Hamilton, SFSU’s ASI president. Campus contact Jared Giarrusso (415) 405-3821.
*This story has been updates with the new location of the informational event at CSU Long Beach.