California students and future students, if you want to fix the economy, vote YES on Proposition 30 to fund education. We need to pump money back into California, yes, but we ultimately must stop obscene flow of money to the military industrial complex that is running a massive terrorism scam / protection racquet. In the short turn, next November 6th, do this for starters! Vote yes on Prop 30.
Cost of War to just California since 2001 is ( Iraq: $94,174,173,013 + Afghanistan $67,206,719,433 ) $161,380,892,446. That’s over 161 billion 380 million dollars. California is losing $13.4 billion per year to overseas wars. (More actually, since we aren’t counting the massive cost of re-investing that money in California businesses). We are on the brink of complete financial disaster and we need this badly.
- Proposition 30 is an initiative to raise new state revenue through temporary increases in the state sales tax by a quarter-cent (1/4 cent) for four years, and in the personal income tax for those who earn $250,000 or more per year.
If Proposition 30 fails to pass, the University of California will be cut $375 million. There are 10 UC campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.
Here is the impact to just one campus:
State funding for UC Davis has dropped by nearly $150 million – or about 34% – between 2007-08 and 2011-12, resulting in sharp tuition increases, staff layoffs, academic program cuts, and other reductions.
Under the terms of the 2012-13 state budget, failure of Proposition 30 would cost the University of California an additional $375 million: an immediate cut of $250 million, plus the loss of another $125 million in funding promised in 2013-14 to pay for this year’s freeze of mandatory systemwide student charges at UC.
For UC Davis, the 2012-13 UC budget reduction would mean a cut of up to $40 million this year, or the the equivalent of:
- A tuition increase of roughly $2,000/year, or
- 285 faculty positions (25% of ladder faculty), or
- 535 staff (positions (17%-20% of total).
The failure of Proposition 30 could mean an additional cut to UC Davis of $20 million in 2013-14.
Don’t be stupid. Fund education because even if you never went to college and never intend to, the research that goes on at the University could very well save your life. Vote yes on prop 30 because the University generates more money for California than it takes in. Invest wisely, keep funding UC.
UC Davis graduates more than 8,000 leaders annually, such as scientists, physicians, MBAs, attorneys, veterinarians and nurse leaders. The university’s cutting-edge research and public service improves the lives of Californians and powers job growth. UC Davis generates an estimated $6.9 billion in annual economic activity, including attracting $400 million in federal research funding to California.
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