Faculty advocate for Prop 55 throughout state

Today marks just 55 days until the Nov. 8 election, and faculty throughout the state are encouraging voters to vote YES on Prop 55.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, 120 CFA activists and staff called fellow members and walked precincts to encourage voters to pass Prop 55, which would provide an estimated $8 billion to $11 billion in K-14 funding.

The measure would allow a regressive sales tax portion of a 2012 initiative to expire, providing a tax cut for millions of working Californians. Prop 55 would provide critical education funding by extending current income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians for 12 more years.

“From San Diego to Humboldt, faculty energetically participated in our Sept. 10 Day of Action because they understand that there is a very tangible connection between Prop 55 and public higher education in California,” said Lillian Taiz, Chair of CFA’s Political Action and Legislation Committee. “Without it, we would be returning to the era of deep budget cuts and teacher layoffs. For us in higher ed, it could mean a $250 million cut to the CSU’s budget. We can’t afford to go backward, and our K-12 and college students in this state deserve better.”