Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative has garnered enough votes in Tuesday’s voting poll to give it a surprising, yet assuring, victory.
Proposition 30, a tax increase package that will help fund the schools of California, has passed with a 54% majority. What this means is that state sale tax will be increased by a quarter of a cent, and those who are earning $250,000 and more will see a tax income surcharge.
“I know a lot of people had some doubts and some questions: Can you really go to the people and ask them to vote for a tax?” Brown told supporters after the proposition had just passed. “Here we are … We have a vote of the people, I think the only state in the country that says let’s raise our taxes, for our kids for our schools, and for our California dream.”
Prop 30 is projected to raise an average of $6 billion annually for the state’s general fund and education to prevent class cuts and the shutting down of schools, issues we’ve been facing here at Yuba College for the past few semesters. This means a lot to us, as students, because a victory for Prop 30 means a victory for education. Hoorah.