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CSU Stanislaus encourages you to participate in the upcoming general election. Of particular importance to the CSU is Proposition 30. The measure spares the university system from an additional state-funding cut of at least $250 million—a total reduction of $1.2 billion (40 percent of state support) since 2007. For this reason, the CSU Board of Trustees has endorsed Prop. 30.
Governor Jerry Brown introduced Proposition 30 earlier in the year as a mechanism to maintain the 2011-12 funding level for the CSU. The initiative would raise income tax rates on people making more than $250,000 per year for seven years, and increase sales tax by one-quarter cent for four years. (Detailed information on Prop 30 is available here).
If Prop 30 passes through a simple majority of voter support, the state gains additional revenues to address its ongoing structural deficit. Additionally, the CSU will have a better chance at modest budget restoration in coming years. If Prop 30 fails, a “trigger cut” of at least $250 million will be applied to the current fiscal year CSU budget. In turn, a “trigger on a trigger” of another round of operating budget and staff reductions, student tuition increases and enrollment caps would occur at each of the 23 CSU campuses.
The CSU has traditionally provided affordable higher education access to students throughout the state. Now, for the first time ever, CSU Stanislaus receives a greater portion of its funding from student tuition than from the state of California. Middle-class families with students pursuing university degrees are disproportionately affected by this trend.
Oct. 22 is the deadline to register to vote or update your voter information for the November general election. Online registration is now available through the California Secretary of State website. Please take a moment to make sure your information is up to date, and remember to vote Nov. 6 or earlier via absentee ballot.