Governor Jerry Brown made a pitch to students at Sacramento City College asking them to vote for Proposition 30, the measure that would add a quarter of one percent to the sales tax and impose higher tax rates for individuals who earn $250,000 or more.
The governor said the $6.5 billion dollars raised would help prevent devastating cuts to education, including the state’s community colleges.
Several hundred students were at a noon time rally where the governor asked them to use social media to get out the vote. Recent polling shows the keystone to the governor’s budget plan could go either way. He has a response to people who say the tax increase would not benefit them.
“This isn’t about you, it’s about us and our future,” Brown told the cheering crowd.
Amanda Rodriguez is relying on student loans to get through school and says her education is already in jeopardy and that the rally will affect her classmates decision on whether to go to the ballot.
“I think a lot of people will start voting after this,” said Rodriguez after the rally.
Student Alex Bailey said his education has been disrupted because of the lack of classes in Davis where he lives. He says it’s putting back as far as getting a job and starting to pay taxes.
“They cancelled the Davis classes so I have to drive to Sacramento instead. I don’t have too many options,” said Bailey.
But David Wolfe, the legislative director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association, said Brown was using scare tactics.
“These students are being held hostage for tax increases when instead they should be fighting so they can get a slice of the budget,” said Wolfe.
Wolfe said nothing in the initiative says anything about education cuts and that those cuts would be legislative budget decision that could be avoided if more were done to cut unnecessary state spending.
But Brown countered by telling FOX40 that “If Prop. 30 doesn’t go yes, it’ll cost $6 billion. That’s absolutely the truth and those who are saying the opposite are doing an absolute injustice to our kids.”