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Backers Pushing Tax Increases to Fund Higher Education

Secretary of State Debra Bowen gave backers of a proposed initiative to increase taxes on gas and diesel fuel, as well as as alcohol and cigarettes, approval to gather signatures.

Backers of an initiative to increase taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, alcohol and cigarettes and raise the vehicle license fee to increase funding for public universities and community colleges were given approval this week to begin gathering signatures by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

The proposed constitutional amendment and statue would impose an additional 2.5-cent per gallon tax on gasoline and diesel fuel, a five-cent to $1.65 per gallon increase on alcohol and a 1.25-cent tax on cigarettes and raise vehicle license fees by 0.5 percent of the vehicle's market value.

The University of California and California State University would receive 80 percent of the money generated from the measure, with the remaining 20 percent going to California Community Colleges.

The initiative would maintain state funding for higher education at or above the 2009-2010 levels and student financial aid at or above the 2010-2011 levels. It would also cap student tuition and systemwide fees at 2009-2010 levels.

The measure would generate an additional $2.2 billion in state tax revenue annually, according to an estimate prepared by the Legislative Analyst's Office and Director of Finance Ana J. Matosantos.

Valid signatures from 807,615 registered voters -- 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 general election -- must be submitted by April 15 to qualify the measure for the November 2014 ballot.

Dan Crandell November 22, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Patch will followup on this if the 807,6i5 signatures are gathered by April 15. Interesting that a tax increase initiative would be due on tax day.
Christine November 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Are you kidding, another tax initiative. Haven't we been taxed enough!
Racorsr November 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
We been taxed to the extreme, we pay utility tax, telephone usage tax, on line purchase tax, sales tax, license tax, gasoline tax, schools taxes, now the parcel tax plus property tax, alcohol tax, cigarette tax, income tax, state tax, death tax, retail purchases sales tax, and others that I do not remember right now. Look, every election the special interest groups include propositions among them for the never ending school help, which by the way, some of this money is wasted by some districts or redirected by politicians to patch budget deficits, or to fund state pensions, salary increases for corrupt and inept politicians. Have you noticed that on every election we are told that the end of the world is near if we do not approve some of these measures. A dirty tactic to take money from our pockets that sometimes is wasted. Enough is e enough.
Christine November 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I totally agree with you.
True Freedom November 23, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Oh, this will pass. Not sure why gas is funding education, but watch... They'll downplay that and pump up the cigarette part (like they pumped up taxing the rich for prop 30). Folks easily vote to tax the other guy.

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