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When you support Proposition 30 you support Cabrillo College

A vote for Proposition 30 is a vote for Cabrillo College.

Voting is a right not a privilege. Voting to support Proposition 30 is the right to support education through increasing the State’s General Fund. The Sales tax and the Personal Income tax are the primary sources of revenue for the state General Fund. Education is the primary resource for reaching one's dreams. Supporting Proposition 30 is supporting the dreams of our youth.

As a former twenty-year veteran of the Cabrillo College Governing Board I support Proposition 30 and am very concerned if it does not pass. Let’s first look at what Proposition 30 does. Proposition 30:

  • Increases sales tax rate by one-quarter cent for every dollar for four years.
  • Increases personal income tax rates on annual earnings over $250,00 for seven years.

These new taxes will raise approximately $6 billion in additional annual state revenues from 2012-13 through 2016-17, with smaller amounts in 2017-18 and 2018-19. It will allocate temporary tax revenues; 89% to K-12 schools and 11% to community colleges. We all know how our children and young adults have been hurt with all the budget cuts to our educational systems in the past few years. What will happen if Proposition 30 does not pass?

Specific to Cabrillo College there will be a drastic impact on its students. Failure of Proposition 30 would lead to an automatic cut of $3,540,000 on January 1, 2013 to Cabrillo College. Cabrillo has already had to cut millions and for its 2012-13 budget it has had to go to its reserves and use $3,142,914 to balance its budget; very little remains in its Reserve. In addition, student fees have risen to $46 per unit compared to $26 per unit in 2010. On January 1st the State will require that Cabrillo reduce courses for the equivalent of 750 full-time equivalent students, which will eliminate 1,640 students (including part-time students). Instead of slashing funding for 780 full-time equivalent students Proposition 30 would provide new funding for Cabrillo to offer courses for an additional 110 full-time equivalent students or 240 students. The additional funding will also help with programs, student services, counseling, faculty, and staff.

Many in Santa Cruz County have looked to Cabrillo College to help them with their dreams. It could have been to begin their journey to transfer to a university. It could have been to obtain a certificate to improve their works skills. Or it could have been to learn English. Nonetheless, Cabrillo has served our community well. Now it’s our turn to serve Cabrillo. We must vote Yes on Proposition 30. 

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aptospirate October 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Are they EVER going to stop construction on that college ? They must spend billions on it. I drive by it all the time the money being spent by these junior collages is ridiculous, DeAnza is the same way over built. The multi level parking lots alone cost the tax payer millions. Go look at them I aint lying. Really get in your car and drive over there its insane and unnecessary. They only spend it to keep the budget form being cut. Look up base line budgeting. Vote NO tell them to live within their budget !!
Peking October 24, 2012 at 07:12 PM
The construction monies have nothing to do with the classroom budget.
Watzon McWats October 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I say come back to me once you've learned how to spend what you already have more wisely.
Watzon McWats October 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Additionally, I understand that tuition hikes suck, but what's so bad about people paying for their own education? With Cabrillo bonds still on our property taxes, why should we shell out any more than we already are if we're not using the college?
aptospirate October 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM
get real heres what it is really about read this clip the compensation report showcases the reality of the pension problem. During 2005-10, the growth in pension expenses soared 45 percent for all categories of state government employees. The cost of pensions for public-safety workers increased 94 percent. Figures for employees of local governments no doubt are similar to this state data. The state data is two years old, so the situation surely has worsened, but the California Public Employees’ Retirement System likes to stonewall and delay. As the report noted, “CalPERS’ tardiness in posting relevant data in a timely manner is unseemly in an open democratic society.” Everything about this pension mess is unseemly, indeed. Those of us who oppose tax increases know how the government spends money. This data on pay and pensions for public employees reveals, as Frates said, that the government’s priority has not been providing better services, but boosting salary and benefits for those who work for government.
Chris Jordan October 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Support Plunges for Prop. 30 (L.A. Times) Between complaints about the bullet-train and irresponsible spending, this comment makes the most sense to me: "How about increase taxes on the children? You gave birth? You pay for it, don't wait for me to pay for your kids."
David H. Perez October 26, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Rebecca - This is the first issue I have been able to agree with you on. Come on, nobody will even feel this quarter-percent sales tax, and it is time the rich start paying their fair share. I fully support education, but don't get used to me agreeing with you on all issues (LOL).
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