[FoRK] [Cal-Fork] A few notes on Prop 57

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer at endeavors.com
Wed Mar 3 10:07:17 PST 2004

A brief update on California politics, proposition 57, the California
Economic Recovery Bond Act passed.  Proposition 58, The California
Balanced Budget passed also.  Proposition 55 which sought to take
advantage of low interest rates for school construction was voted
down because of the $12B in new bonds didn't sync with the current
climate.  Californians will have another chance to pass it
in November.   Proposition 56 (36% approval) which would have given the
state legistlature the ability to raise taxes with 55% vote
instead of the 2/3'ds failed.  Many were worried that this was a repeal
of Proposition 13 and also that the tax climate is already too
harsh for busineses during the recovery.

Overall, a big success for Arnie and an amazing feat for
such a divisive legistlature.  There's optimism that
the California economy is back on the right track.


Jim Whitehead wrote:

> Here in California, we're having a primary election next Tuesday, with fairly significant ramifications for the state's finances due to a number of ballot initiatives.
> One of these, Prop 57, aims to shore up a $15B budget shortfall inherited from the Davis administration by issuing bonds. If this measure does not pass, the likely impact is significant across-the-board cuts in all state agencies, including the University of California, California State University, and California Community College system. 
> As an employee of a UC, I can assure you that the results of such cuts would have a significant impact on the educational opportunities made available to students, and would have some impact on the capability of the university to perform research. Cuts will result in a reduction of offered classes, as well as significant reductions in administrative staff. Student fees will increase markedly, reducing the ability of some students to attend college. Cuts in course offerings are always a measure of last resort at UC, and budget cuts the past three years have not affected course offerings. There are already planned cuts to course offerings due to the budget cuts already on the books, and additional cuts will make this worse. Additionally, since state support doesn't cover the cost of educating students, UCSC will be reducing the number of students it admits, reducing educational access.
>>From my vantage point, it would be more beneficial for UC to have Prop 57 pass, than for it to fail, and IMO, UC is a significant creator of wealth in the State of California.
> - Jim
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