November 7, 2012
Even though a CSU Monterey Bay professor is facing a lawsuit alleging he got too vocal in supporting Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposal, Proposition 30, educational institutions could barely contain their glee Wednesday morning.
“The governing board, faculty and staff of Monterey Peninsula College are gratified by this statement of support from Californians," MPC President Douglas Garrison said in a statement.
Prop. 30 passed with 54 percent of the vote. Had it failed, the governor's tax plan called for mid-year "trigger cuts" of $6 billion, mostly to K-12 education, and also to higher ed institutions.
MPC would've faced $2.3 million in mid-year cuts, $2.5 million at Hartnell College.
"If Prop. 30 does not pass, we’ll be faced with some tough decisions," MPC President Willard Lewallen told the Weekly in September. "It’s the thing that keeps me up at night."
Proposition 30 raises the income tax rate by 1-3 percent for those earning $500,000 or more annually; all others have no income tax adjustment. It also increases sales tax by a quarter cent.
“Last night, Californians made the courageous decision to protect our schools and colleges and strengthen the California dream,” Brown said in a statement.
The measure received overwhelming support in Monterey County, with 64 percent yes votes.