Magazine Article

Proposition 30: It’s About Money

California needs more revenue. Years of expensive tax breaks have caught
up with our state—there’s no more fat left to cut, only bone.

This November, we face a clear choice between raising more money for the state and our university or taking severe cuts to public education at all levels. At the CSU, we’ve seen the administration’s plans to slash the CSU.

They call it “shared sacrifice” which means that faculty, students and staff will be hurt through pay cuts, fee increases, program eliminations, and layoffs.

What does Prop 30 do?

  • Increases the income tax for 7 years by:
    • 1% on income above $250,000 (single filers) or $500,000 (families)
    • 2% on income above $300,000 (single filers) or $600,000 (families)
    • 3% on income above $500,000 (single filers) or $1,000,000 (families)
  • Increases the sales tax for 4 years by 1⁄4 percent
  • Generates $8.5 billion in the first year (Budget Year 2012/13). Each year after, raises $5–7 billion
  • Every dollar goes into the Education Protection Account to fund Prop. 98, a fund for K-12 and Community Colleges
  • Frees up $5.6 billion in general fund dollars to be used on higher education and other vital programs
  • Guarantees counties funding for critical public safety and service programs
  • Begins to restore fiscal stability

Vote YES for the CSU and our students

If Prop 30 passes, students will receive a $498 tuition refund due to the student fee buyout adopted in the state budget. If it fails, the CSU will suffer an immediate cut of $250 million & the student fee buyout will be lost.

The CSU Trustees already are looking at a contingency plan that includes slashing enrollment, eliminating programs, and cutting pay to faculty.

Vote YES to save our wages & benefits

Our faculty contract includes contract reopeners for both fiscal years 2012/13, and 2013/14. We are protected from the Chancellor imposing his will in those reopeners. However, if Prop 30 fails and the CSU is cut $250 million, we’ll be faced with unfortunate choices.

If Prop 30 passes, we can work to improve our wages in future negotiations.

While none of this is guaranteed, the passage of Prop 30 would greatly improve our position in contract reopeners, particularly during an economic recovery.

Vote YES for our future

Fee hikes. Growth of Cal State Online. Two- and three-tier tuition rates. Program elimination. All of these questionable initiatives share one thing in common — they’ve been launched under the banner of the “financial crisis” at the CSU. We need to fight the “for-profitization” of the CSU and we’ll have a better chance to do that when state funding is going up, not down.

While it is true that we often don’t agree with CSU management about how they spend the money they have, it is also true that ANOTHER $250 million dollar cut to the CSU budget is a serious matter.

We will NOT stop holding them accountable for how they spend our resources; for now we must do everything we can to pass Prop 30 so that there are dollars to argue about.