Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Prop. 30

If you don't vote then you will make this puppy very sad.

It can't have escaped your attention that there is an election coming up. As usual environmental issues are top of the agenda. Oh well, you may however have heard about Proposition 30 which will have a direct impact on the University of California.

Voters in November will be asked to decide on Proposition 30, an initiative that would raise new state revenue through temporary increases in the state sales tax and the personal income tax on those who earn $250,000 or more per year. It is sponsored by Gov. Jerry Brown and is part of the 2012-13 budget approved by state lawmakers.

The University of California Board of Regents has endorsed Prop. 30, noting that if the initiative fails, UC is scheduled to receive a budget reduction of $250 million this year and lose an additional $125 million next year.

You can read more about proposition 30 here with links to further information.

I know that some people think that institutions of higher learning are all about indoctrinating students but the truth is that we are issued much clearer guidelines about discussing political issues than those that businesses seem to follow.

UCOP General Counsel has pointed out that employees of the University may not tell individuals how to vote and are not permitted to use state resources, time, or equipment to lobby for or against any ballot measure. However, members of the University community may share factual information about the impact of a ballot measure.

1 comment:

alex jensen said...

As students we must educate ourselves and vote. But that is the minimum, this is our university, we have the power to change California's budget priorities.

Prop 32 will affect the workers on campus, who are the backbone of the University

Proposition 32 "the Special Exemptions Act, will tilt the political playing field in favor of wealthy special interests, which will be able to continue giving hundreds of millions of dollars to political causes, while undercutting the ability of middle class working women and men to make their voices heard. [i.e. disempowering unions] These wealthy special interests already outspend the middle class by a ratio of 15 to 1."

-California Faculty Association