Oct 29, 2012 9:48 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Prop 30: tax to fund education

Central Coast educators said it's the most important measure on this year's ballot, Proposition 30, but its support among California voters is sliding.

It's a tax measure put on the ballot by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Prop 30 would increase taxes for people who make over $250,000 per year for the next seven years by one percent. It would also increase California's sales tax by one quarter of one cent for the next four years to fund state programs, like schools and public safety.

California hopes to gain $6.8 billion per year if Prop 30 passes. Central Coast educators said this is small amount of money for people to pay for the benefit it will have for our youth.

While others said this is just another attempt to raise taxes and will not improve the overall situation of California's debt.

Those who are against Prop 30 said the focus should be improving the economy.

"Prop 30 has a problem with it because it says all the funds will go to education, but there is back-door where the California government can pull funds out, so it's not going to be anything more than a mere cosmetic fix," said Christopher Arend, Central Committee of the Republican Party, San Luis Obispo County.

But here's where it gets tricky. "The state already passed the budget and this money is essentially already spent because it is built in, and it's important because if it doesn't pass, there are going to be tremendous shortfalls,"said Michael Latner, Political Science Professor, Cal Poly.

Like the possibility of the school year getting cut by three weeks and additional staff reductions. The support staff could also be affected: bus drivers, secretaries, food service workers, and custodians.

"It would be extremely detrimental, about $15 million in reductions county wide on top of about $50 million that our schools have already taken over the last 5 years," said Dr. Julian Crocker, San Luis Obispo County Superintendent.

Santa Barbara County Unified School District said Monday that it would see a $27.8 million cut if Prop 30 does not pass.

Educators said universities and community colleges could have to raise tuition.

A recent poll done by USC and the Los Angeles Times found support for Prop 30 has plunged to 46 percent of registered voters, down from 65 percent in March.

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