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Relief for education

Proposition 30 supports colleges in California

By The Advocate Editorial Board
On November 14, 2012

  • American Red Cross volunteer Rick Palmer explains the importance of being prepared for a disaster to a Center for Science Excellence audience in PS-132 on Friday. Roman Young / The Advocate

It is time for students attending colleges in California to take a sigh of relief, and know that there is a tomorrow in their educational future.
With the passage of Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30, higher education will receive supplementary funding, rather than experiencing the usual budget cuts that can hinder a school's performance year after year.
It will mark the first time in 10 years that colleges will receive increased financial support, directly out of taxpayer's pockets.
This will allow for course sections and teachers to remain where they belong - helping students further their education, at their respective colleges.
The tax initiative passed on Nov. 6, by 53.9 percent, showing Californians are willing to help higher education out of the financial pit it has been in over the last decade.
Losses in course sections, employees and extra-curricular activities have been a frequent occurrence for colleges in California.
Over the past few years, students attending a specific department, like dental assisting or art, might be able to take a class one year, and find the next step in their curriculum cut the very next semester.
This is projected to no longer be a problem, after the recently approved tax increases that come along with Proposition 30.
Raising the state sales tax up a quarter of a cent for the next four years, and raising income taxes for those making more than $250,000 for seven years, Proposition 30 is projected to raise an average of $6 billion annually over the next seven years for higher education in California.
It is hard for some people to see the value of such an investment.
It is not necessary for everyone to attend a college - this is true.
Some people start their own businesses or go into a trade, which helps to continue the economic and structural growth of America.
However, higher education itself is still a necessity.
It is what allows people another way to obtain their dreams, granted that the dream requires a college diploma.
Doctors, teachers and even politicians must go through some sort of secondary schooling, meaning at some point in their lives, they've attended college.
It is time those living in California realized that it is a responsibility of the community as a whole to ensure such a vital resource survives in California.
College is a place that not only offers jobs for the present, like the faculty and staff who maintain the facility - it is a place that creates jobs for the future, allowing people to take one step closer to fighting a fire or saving a life.

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