Chancellor Constance Carroll and community college presidents in San Diego amplify their message, begin lobbying for tax hike

 
North County Times
 

San Diego Community College District chancellor Constance Carroll

Presidents at community colleges throughout San Diego County said Wednesday they will do all they can in lobbying for a proposed tax hike on the November ballot, defining their efforts as "a call to action" to save education in the state.

"We will be fierce advocates for student access, for student equity, for student affordability, and we're going to do that without apology," MiraCosta College President Francisco Rodriguez said after a news conference at City College in San Diego.

Gov. Jerry Brown is hoping to close a revised state budget deficit estimated at $15.7 billion through a combination of spending cuts and $5.9 billion in new revenue.

That revenue depends on voters approving an initiative that would temporarily add a quarter-cent per dollar to the state's sales tax and allow higher income taxes on those who make more than $250,000 annually.

If the measure fails, community colleges stand to lose $300 million in anticipated state funding before the year ends.

"As citizens, our future is at stake here," Rodriguez said. "The economic vitality of the state is at risk. It is incumbent upon us to get the word out about the potential for further devastating cuts to the community college system."
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