By Erika Aguilar |Staff Writer| After the election, twelve of the seventeen propositions were approved by voters; the other five that failed to do so will have an impact on Californians. Prop. 51 allows California to borrow $9 billion to improve overall education. "I think it's great because money has been taken away from school over the years and it's obvious it has had an affect on this generation," said student Breanne Downey. Prop. 52 guarantees funding for Medi-Cal to help low-income families. "It's great that this prop passed because it helps pay for health care services for children, low income families and seniors who pay for their medical expenses," said student … [Read more...] about California Props; Did we get them right?
By Megan Davis |Staff Writer| With elections coming up tomorrow, students may be feeling wracked with political decisions. Obviously the big ticket item is the presidency, but the different propositions are of great importance that should not be ignored. One in particular that affects us all drastically as CSU students is Proposition 30. Proposition 30 was commissioned by Gov. Jerry Brown and is a Sales and Income Tax Increase Initiative that will raise California’s sales tax to 7.5 percent from 7.25 percent. It will also create four high-income tax brackets for taxpayers with taxable incomes exceeding $250,000, $300,000, $500,000 and $1,000,000. This increased tax will be in … [Read more...] about Prop 30 prevents future budget cuts
By Sara Nydam |Staff Writer| The state of California is considering a new proposition that will spend your tax dollars in a foolish way. Proposition 29 will tax each individual pack of cigarettes an extra dollar to create a program that will duplicate that is already under way. I do not believe we need to vote for this bill because spending money that Californians don’t have will certainly not fix our economic problems. I feel it is ludicrous to assume that the state of California should, according to NoOn29.com, “start a new billion-dollar spending program when we have a $10 billion plus budget deficit and can’t pay for critically-needed existing programs like education and … [Read more...] about New cigarette tax will not benefit California’s economy
By Jazmin Jett |Staff Writer| San Bernardino county at 16 percent unemployment may have something to look forward to with the proposed extension on payroll tax cuts. The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate plan to extend a payroll tax cut and expand unemployment benefits. The anticipation is for a decision by Feb. 17. An extension of long-term unemployment benefits could be potentially included within the "$160 billion package," a package to offset trimming federal workers’ pay and other domestic cuts that Democrats refute. Though the extension was passed in late December, it was due to the Republican and Democratic parties’ reluctance to agree. Eventually, differing proposals … [Read more...] about GOP leaders propose extension of payroll tax cuts
By Courtney Sims |Staff Writer| Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget proposal for the California State University (CSU) system will affect all 23 of the CSU campuses. State funding allocated for the CSU system for the 2012-2013 academic school year will only be $2 billion, the lowest it's been since 1997-1998. Over the past two years the state’s budget has called for over $750 million in cuts to the CSU system, affecting students, parents and the CSU staff. Although this proposal for the new tax hike will not be on the ballot until November, it has university administrators and students planning for the future. “This problem is not really all that complex. It’s just like a personal … [Read more...] about Gov. Brown proposes flat budget for CSU system