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Proposition 30

Prop. 30 would raise taxes on Californians making an annual $250,000 or more.

State sales tax would also increase by a quarter of a cent.

The increased revenues would go toward K-12 schools and community colleges.

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Sac State Students to get Refunds Before Christmas


It’s an early Christmas gift to some California State University students; a refund.

Sacramento State officials say because Proposition 30 was passed, a tuition fee contingency plan will roll back fees for every student to 2011-2012 levels.

The change is retroactive for the Fall term, meaning some students who already paid their tuition could get a refund of between $144 and $249.

Sacramento State will re-process financial aid packages and issue refund checks; their goal is to complete all adjustments by December 14.

Whether or not a student receives a refund, and how much that refund is for will be determined using multiple factors including method of tuition payment and unit load.

To find answers to frequently asked questions about this refund and tuition fees at California State Universities, click here.

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Prop. 30 Passes – Now What?


“The people of California have put their trust in a plan to move forward, and I intend to do everything in my power to honor that trust,” said Governor Jerry Brown in a Wednesday press conference.

The $6 billion hole in Governor Brown’s budget has been filled. Public schools won’t have to cut the class year by 15 days.

But why did the Gov. Brown build a budget that put education at stake in the first place? I asked him.

“Why not take it from prisons?” he replied. “Because we’ve already cut 30 thousand [inmates] and we’ll probably cut more. We already got rid of redevelopment. We already took down pensions for the elderly and disabled.”

So now that the new taxes are the law of the land, how will they work?

Well, say you’re buying a 2013 calendar. If you buy it today, you’ll be taxed under the old scheme. But if you buy it after January 1st, you’ll pay 1/4 more per dollar in sales tax. If it costs 12 bucks, you’ll pay 3 cents more.

As for the increased income tax on California’s highest earners: that tax went into effect the moment voters said “yes” to Prop. 30 and covers income for this year. The checks should start rolling in April 15th, when people file their 2012 tax returns.

Brown says he’s moving forward, mindful that the new tax was approved with a narrow margin.

“We’ve got enough money to get us through to the next election,” Brown said.


California voters have approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s measure to temporarily increase the state sales tax by a quarter-cent and income taxes on the wealthy by 1% to 3%, according to the Associated Press.



Early returns showed that voters opposed Gov. Brown’s proposal to raise taxes to help fund education but as the night went on, the tide turned.

With 68 percent of precincts reporting, the Secretary of State’s office says 52.4 percent of voters actually support Proposition 30, and 47.6 percent oppose it.


With 30 percent of precincts reporting, Governor Brown’s Proposition 30 has roughly 50 percent of voters in favor.

The tide turned at about 11 p.m. Tuesday night, with 50.1 percent of voters casting ballots in favor and 49.9 in the opposition.


With just under 17 percent of precincts reporting, the Secretary of State’s numbers show a close race for Governor Brown’s Proposition 30.

48.2 percent of voters support Brown’s tax hike to fund education, and 51.8 percent oppose it.


First returns show “No” votes in the lead in Governor Brown’s Prop. 30.

Numbers from the Secretary of State’s office show 56.7 percent of voters voted no, and 43.3 percent voted yes.


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.”


One of the biggest challenges voters will be faced with in November is whether or not to raise taxes across the board.

Many call Proposition 30 Governor Brown’s “Baby” because he’s pushing for it hard. According to the Governor, “Prop 30 needs to pass in order to keep California from sinking even deeper.”

Here’s a quick check on what Prop 30 would mean if it passes.

Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years.

Increases sales tax by 1/4% from 7.25 to 7.50 for four years.

Allocates temporary tax revenues of 89% to K-12 schools and 11% to community colleges.

Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are to be spent.

Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments.

According to Governor Brown’s office the big winner is Prop 30 passes is education. But Ken Payne, the President of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, says there’s more to it than the title and summary that will appear on the ballot.

“The ballot title and summary are misleading and deceptive. The only time education comes in is if it doesn’t pass and certain cuts are scheduled for education, but those cuts could come any place,” said Payne.

But representatives with the ‘Yes on Prop 30′ campaign say even a possible cut it a cut that can’t happen. Shannan Brown is the President of the Teachers Association for the San Juan Unified School District and according to her, timing is everything.

“Prop 30 is the only measure that stops the cuts from occurring right now. Written into Prop 30 is trigger language that would trigger more cuts, we’d be facing $6 billion more in cuts. If we do nothing now those cuts will roll through,” said Brown.