Opinion: Proposition 30 – A way to fix finances for education in California
By Christian Judy, Staff Writer | October 19, 2012 3:41 pm
Students may have noticed that the price of tuition has gone up dramatically over the past few years. Proposition 30 can help with the rise in tuition costs. This initiative helps generate money for children as young as the pre-school level and benefits those who are getting a degree at the four year level. In its entirety, the bill would generate $6 billion in revenue to help the education process.
The way Prop 30 generates money for the education system is by raising the sales tax by one quarter of a penny over the next 4 years. It would also raise the income tax of everyone who makes over $250,000 a year for the next 7 years.
Governor Jerry Brown hopes that this would get California on a track to fix the growing financial problem of education in California. There is no guarantee that the proposition will work in the long run, but there are certainly benefits for those who are currently enrolled in California schools.
If Prop 30 does not pass, there will be additional cuts across all CSU, UC, and community colleges alike. CSU is estimated to cut $250 million from its budget, which would result in fewer classes, fewer teachers, and less funding for a growing number of students in California. Those cuts would mean an additional $150 in tuition next year for those who currently go to CSUN.
Although it may seem like Prop 30 is a must for our education system, some argue that it is imperative for California residence to stop feeding money to the California State budget. Lisa Snell a spokeswoman for the Libertarian think tank Reason Foundation says, “The state of California spends too much money, and they haven’t made real to cut funding in things like pensions, we just made a huge investment in high speed rail; the spending cuts are disingenuous at best.”