Prop. 30 was one of the most controversial proposition in the 2012 general election.
Prop. 30 was Gov. Jerry Brown’s temporary tax increase plan increasing sales tax by a quarter percent for four years, along with increasing income tax for people who make $250,000 or more for seven years.
Prop. 30 passed by 54% of the vote in California.
“This is a clear and resounding victory for children, schools, and the California dream,” said Brown after the proposition passed.
Most of the $6 billion that would be raised from Prop. 30 each year would go toward kindergarten through twelfth grade-education and community colleges.
If Proposition 30 were to fail, the state would cut funding this year to University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses by $250 million each.
The money from the two different tax sources will go to a fund called Education Protection Account, which will mainly help K-12 schools then community colleges, UC and CSU.
Critics have argued not all of the money will go to schools, or that Prop. 30 will not help schools because some programs and classes are still being cut, even here on campus.
Delta expects a $3 million deficit in 2013.
A dozen programs such as fire science, carpentry and creative writing just to name a few are at risk of being cut at Delta into the next school year.
Then again, more classes are also likely to be available for students in the coming year due to Prop. 30.
As a college student and a Californian voter, Prop. 30 still seems like a great idea to help our schools despite of what critics say.
What we must understand is that Prop. 30 will not solve all of the problems colleges have face in a snap.
Prop. 30 will take years to restore all the cutbacks our schools, teachers and students have been through.
Prop. 30 will help our future engineers, business leaders, and educators to help with our economic growth.
In the long run, Prop. 30 will work.
Already at Sacramento State University, $250 will be refunded to students for the fall tuition.
Prop. 30 not only helped teachers keep their jobs or college students to stay in school, but it helps the future of students here at
Delta College and for those who plan to transfer to a four year university.
Prop. 30 is a tax increase, but this will help students to continue achieving their goals.