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Proposition 30 and impact on Fresno State

Proposition 30 (The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012) is Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative that would increase state revenues for K-12 schools and community colleges. If passed by the voters this November, it would temporarily increase sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years and personal income tax rates for seven years on individuals who make more than $250,000, raising $6 billion over the next few years. In 2012-13, planned spending reductions, primarily to education programs, would not occur.

Impact on the CSU

If Proposition 30 fails, the immediate impact to the CSU would be an additional budget cut of $250 million. The California State University Board of Trustees on Sept. 19 adopted budget contingency measures based on the outcome of Proposition 30. Trustees voted to raise tuition fees by $150 a semester (5 percent) if the tax initiative ballot measure fails.
Other impacts on Fresno State is the “trigger” is implemented:

  • Reduced enrollment - estimated 500-900 students
  • Cuts in courses and some programs
  • Layoffs a possibility, but minimal
  • Employee health care premium increase (must be bargained)
  • Campus budget reductions - $7 million-$8 million

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.

Read more on Proposition 30:

California Voters Guide
Supporters’ website
Opponents’ website

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