As Gov. Jerry Brown begins his campaign to promote Proposition 30, San Diego State’s Associated Students Council resolved to support Brown’s sales and income tax increase initiative that will be on the ballot this November.
A.S. Vice President of External Affairs Tom Rivera said passing Proposition 30 is of paramount importance for SDSU and the California State University system because universities will be saved from a $250 million cut if the initiative is passed.
“Last year alone, the CSU was cut by $750 million and we simply cannot sustain another $250 million cut,” Rivera said.
If passed, Proposition 30 will not take money from schools but will instead increase personal income tax on California’s top earners.
Brown began this month with an appearance at a Sacramento high school where he summed up his proposal by saying, “It’s about one simple question: Shall those who’ve been blessed beyond imagination give back 1 or 2 or 3 percent forthe next seven years, or shall we take billions out of our schools and colleges to the detriment of the kids standing behind us and the future of our state?”
Along with posting the resolution on the A.S. website, Rivera said A.S. will host Rock the Vote events this semester to energize and inform students about the election and Prop. 30. A.S. will also reach out to the community and partner with other CSU campuses to campaign for Proposition 30.
“A.S. supports Prop.30 because it will protect students and higher education by providing California the funds it needs to pay for important items like higher education. And it gives us, as students, something to rally around so that the legislator stops making these cuts,” Rivera said.