Election 2012: Tuesday, November 6th
This year’s election is more important than ever! On November 6th, you will not only be able to vote for President, but you will be able to let your voice be heard on a number of important issues: the death penalty, human trafficking, three strikes, genetically modified foods and funding for SF State.
Register to vote through SF State’s CalPIRG page by Monday, October 22. You will also receive voting reminders by email or text message.
This year’s election is important to SF State, here is one of the reasons why.
Proposition 30 and the impact on the California State University System
Proposition 30 is Governor Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax initiative. If passed by the voters this November, it would temporarily increase personal income tax rates for seven years on individuals who make more than $250,000, couples who make more than $500,000, and sales and use tax by a quarter of a cent for four years. The measure may raise between $6.8 billion and $9 billion in 2012-13 and $5.4 billion to $7.6 billion annually through 2018.
If Proposition 30 passes, the additional revenue for K-12 schools and community colleges would help the state meet its obligations to these entities, as well as help the state address its on-going structural deficit. By addressing the state’s budget gap, it is possible the CSU budget would be less likely to be cut and provides an opportunity for the CSU budget to be increased in future years.
Proposition 30 Impact on San Francisco State University
If Proposition 30 fails, the immediate impact to the CSU would be an additional budget cut of $250 million at a minimum. This additional cut equates to a total loss of state funding of nearly $1.2 billion in the last 5 years. The impact to San Francisco State University would be roughly a 43% cut of our total general fund allocation since 2007-2008.
Supporters of Proposition 30 have created a website, which can be found at: http://www.yesonprop30.com/
Opponents of Proposition 30 have created a website, which can be found at: http://www.reformsandjobsnottaxes.com/