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  •  I'm right there with you (3+ / 0-)
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    jpmassar, NapaJulie, FogCityJohn

    With Prop 30, that's a no-brainer for most of my friends, pretty much all of whom are Liberals or Democrats and many in education. Many Faculty unions endorsed it, and I even heard Jerry Brown plug a radio ad for it yesterday.

    The thing that I heard? It was horrifying. I can say it here because I'm anonymous although it's one of those things I'm not supposed to discuss. But hopefully folks know I'm credible here:

    One of the head administrators who is in charge of budget allocations at the University where I work told me that my job was in jeopardy, specifically, if Prop 30 failed to pass; we were working out alternate scenarios for how I could at least remain employed in some capacity at my Uni because we are friends. I was told that several Departments would be cut, class sizes were going to expand considerably, some doubling, there would be a hiring frieze, and that tuition was expected to DOUBLE for students in a very short time. This was about a two hour conversation way off the record. This is no joke. I heard it from the horse's mouth at a major Public California University whose finger is right on the "red button" for fees, employees, the whole thing.

    Hell to pay doesn't even touch it. Public colleges could fold. Departments definitely will. Tuitions will be untenably high and classes impossible for students to get. The scenario is pretty apocalyptic. We will not be able to ensure public Higher Education in the State of California, and we are ALREADY running on a skeleton crew at many institutions here.

    This is us, standing at the prow of a sinking ship shouting one last, final order.

    After this, there will be mass, mass strikes, I'd expect.

    We need money. There isn't any. We can't service the State if they don't give it to us. If we don't have it, students can't receive the degrees that they need. What does that do to the California work force and employment rates? Our entire state would be affected in myriad ways by Prop 30 Failing. If it Fails, no one at the top even HAS a contingency plan from what I'm hearing.

    Not to be doom and gloom, but for this one, it's imperative that 30, 32, and 38 are all voted correctly on. They interconnect a lot.

    Vote YES on Prop. 30, California!!!! Yes on 30, No on 32 & 38. For the future of education.

    by mahakali overdrive on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:38:24 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, there's money alright . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      The state of California is hardly poor.  We have an economy that's among the ten largest in the world.  With that much economic power, the state could easily close the current budget deficit, and then some.

      The problem, of course, is our fucked-up state constitution, which requires a two-thirds majority to enact any tax measure.  This is compounded by the complete intransigence of the Republicans, who will not vote for any tax measure no matter what.  Their intransigence is aided and abetted by the Democrats in Sacramento, who refuse to stay on message and constantly remind voters that it's the Republicans who are at fault for this mess.

      There is no "fat" or "waste" left to cut in California state government, unless you count the salaries of Republican legislators.  I just got my monthly e-mail from the California bar, and it contained a long article about the disastrous effects cuts to the judicial branch budget are having on doing business here in California.  Small and medium-sized businesses can no longer count on being able to get their cases tried quickly, competently, and efficiently, because the courts just don't have the staff.

      The news media and punditocracy like to frame this attack on public services as a "debate about the proper role of government in our lives," but I'm calling bullshit.  If a society is not willing to fund education for its children or to pay for the administration of justice, then it's lost any claim to decency, morality, or fairness.

      I'll keep my fingers crossed for you MO, but if Prop. 30 doesn't pass, I may have a lot of extra time on my hands to commiserate with you.  

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 02:48:24 PM PDT

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