It has been an unusual semester. The campus has been in a state of disarrayâ€”reeling from class cuts, student protests, a disputed faculty contract situation, the replacing of the winter intersession with a three-semester calendar, and a complete revamping of the schoolâ€™s bureaucracy.
These hasty, significant changes in the foundational system of PCC all stem from one thing: the big wigs up in Sacramento havenâ€™t been giving PCC enough money.
But, we, the PCC community can do something to help fix, or at least ameliorate the situation. On Nov. 6 we can vote on a proposition that will directly affect us at this school where we need it mostâ€”classes.
Proposition 30., Gov. Jerry Brownâ€™s tax initiative, will raise the current sales tax from 7.25 percent to 7.5 percent and will levy an increase in income taxes on those who make over $250,000.
The tax hike is slated to bring in $6 billion in revenue to the state, $6.7 million of which could be dropped into the PCC budget, according to President Mark Rocha.
With the extra $6 million, the administration can add more classes in the summer semester that could not have been guaranteed if the proposition is not passed.
Raising sales tax in a harsh economy and straining the wealthy for money is not a pretty picture for a state that has had terrible public budget policy, but we essentially have no choice other than to vote yes on Proposition 30.
If it is not passed the state budget will have a $6 billion shortfall, which will result in â€˜trigger cutsâ€™ to public schools. PCCs trigger cut will be to the tune of $6 million, meaningâ€”in the best case scenarioâ€”a depleted summer semester class selection.
No matter what your political affiliation, no matter what your opinion is on how the school has handled the state budget cuts, the cutting of classes and elimination of winter, if you are a student, a teacher, an administrator, or affiliated with PCC in any way, you should vote yes on Proposition 30.
If youâ€™ve ever felt frustrated about the limited number of classes, now is your chance to do something about it. This is our chance to vote on a statewide level to positively benefit our school directly. Help yourself out by helping out the school.