By Brenda Acuna |Staff Writer|
Nov. 6 marks a historic election for college students across California as they hit voting booths and determine the fate of public universities’ economic situation.
In a recent conference call with CSU newspapers, Gov. Brown urged all college students to vote “yes” on Proposition 30 if they did not want their tuition to increase again.
During the 25-minute call, the Governor told the CSU newspapers that his tax measure comes down to a simple choice for voters: either provide funding for schools or allow additional education cuts that will hike up college tuition.
Brown warned that if Proposition 30 fails, $1 billion would be cut from higher education, including $250 million from the CSU system for the 2012-13 school year.
“We’ve cut. We’ve trimmed. We’ve squeezed, and at this point we do need revenue,” said Brown.
According to an analysis by California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, about $5.4 billion for K-12 education and $500 million for public universities will automatically be cut from the state budget if Proposition 30 fails to pass.
“We’ve already cut the prisons. We’ve already cut redevelopment. We’ve cut the money for the blind and disabled,” said Brown.
Proposition 30 would increase personal income tax over the next seven years for all Californians who earn more than $250,000 a year. Sales taxes will also increase over the current rate by more than $1 billion, to a statewide average of 8.38 percent.
Brown believes the initiative will help the state recover and help fund education.
“Tuition will not go up,” assured Gov. Brown on Proposition 30. “In fact, you’ll get a rebate. It’s that simple.”
Proposition 30 is especially a measure of special interest to CSUSB students, due to its affect on tuition.
“I really want this [Proposition 30] to pass,” says sophomore Alana Moore. “The cost of coming to school is already high. I just can’t afford for it to get any higher and get stuck with more student loans.”
But with recent polls showing support for Proposition 30 slipping, Gov. Brown encourages all students to take the “Yes on Prop. 30” pledge online. He feels the possibility of the initiative passing is in the hands of college students.
“Younger people are in support, but sometimes the voter turnout is not so great,” he said. “If we don’t pass this thing, tuition will go up, no doubt about it.”
If Proposition 30 passes, CSUSB students can expect the 5 percent tuition increase set to take effect in January reversed.
In addition, the 9.1 percent fee increase students paid this quarter will be rolled back and students who paid full-time fees will be reimbursed or credited up to $166.
If Proposition 30 fails, CSUSB will have its state budget cut by another $10 million and tuition fees will rise another 5 percent next year.
Voting booths open Tuesday Nov. 6 at 7 a.m. and close 8 p.m.