Proposition 30 Background
Prop 30 is Governor Brown's initiative that would increase state revenues for K-12 schools and community colleges. The initiative does not fund public higher education, but it prevents deep "trigger" cuts to the California State University and University of California. The measure also would shift funds from the state to local governments to pay for public safety services. If passed by voters in November, Prop 30 would temporarily increase personal income tax rates for seven years on individuals who make more than $250,000 (or couples who earn more than $500,000 annually), and it would increase the state's sales tax by a quarter cent for four years. Prop 30 would raise between $6.8 billion and $9 billion in 2012-13, and between $5.4 billion and $7.6 billion annually through 2018.*
Impact on the California State University (CSU) and the Cal State San Bernardino Campus
If Prop 30 fails, it would trigger an additional budget cut for the CSU of $250 million as specified in the 2012-2013 state budget. The impact to CSUSB would be another reduction in state support of $10 million. This additional cut would bring to 40 percent the reduction in support for the system since 2007-2008: $1.2 billion to the CSU system and more than $47 million to CSUSB. Failure of Prop 30 would negatively affect students through reduced access, fewer course offerings and services, and increased tuition fees. Administrators, faculty and staff may be in jeopardy of losing their jobs, adding to the already high unemployment rate in the Inland Empire.
If Prop 30 passes, the additional revenue for K-12 schools and community colleges would help the state meet its obligations to these entities, and help the state address its ongoing structural deficit. Addressing the state's budget gap in these areas would halt the proposed $250 million "trigger" cut to the CSU and reduce the likelihood of further cuts to the system.
CSU Board of Trustees Endorse Proposition 30
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 2012-2013 and beyond.
CSUSB Associate Students, Inc. Endorses Proposition 30
On October 2, 2012, the Associated Students, Incorporated, at California State University, San Bernardino, passed a resolution to endorse Proposition 30, as a result of its direct impact to CSUSB students, CSU funding levels, and the impact on tuition and enrollment.
Competing Ballot Measure
Prop 38, supported by Molly Munger, would increase the personal income tax rate on Californians earning over $7,316 annually. Prop 38 also would mandate the way in which businesses calculate their California income tax. Revenues generated from Prop 38 would be directed to K-12, although 30 percent would be allocated to repaying state debt through 2016-17. No funds are earmarked for public higher education. Should voters pass Prop 30 and Prop 38, the "conflicting measures" provision in the Governor's tax initiative would take effect, nullifying the initiative which received fewer total votes. If Prop 38 passes and Prop 30 fails, $6 billion in "trigger" cuts to schools and higher education will take effect. http://ourchildrenourfuture2012.com/
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