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Resolution In Opposition of Proposition 76

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION OF PROPOSITION 76

Approved October 10, 2005

Whereas,      the mission statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states, “The specific purpose of (Associated Students) is to…provide an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed;…assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body;…and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community.” (2/01); and,

Whereas,      Proposition 76 allows the Governor new authority to unilaterally reduce state spending during fiscal situations; and eliminates the minimum school funding requirements from Proposition 98; and ,

Whereas,      Proposition 76 would also have a new spending cap, which would limit spending based on revenue growth in the past three years- preventing the state from restoring spending cuts to the CSU made during slow or negative growth periods; and,

Whereas,      this act would prohibit the state from using revenues generated by student fees for their intended purpose in the CSU system and other state funded programs; and,

Whereas,      as a result, the fees paid by students within the CSU would not necessarily be used for their intended programs which were cut during previous state budget crises; and,

Whereas,      by allowing the Governor new fiscal powers without legislative approval, the fiscal impact of Proposition 76 will be detrimental to higher education; therefore be it

Resolved,      that the Associated Students formally opposes Proposition 76 and will assist in the efforts with CSSA (California State Student Association) and students at large to register voters, educate the study body on electoral issues, and active the student vote; therefore be it further

Resolved,      that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, the California State Student Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, the California Faculty Association, Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Recovery Team with Proponents William Hauck and Allan Zaromberg, and the local media.

Authored by:  Terra Rentz and Diana Campos

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Brandon Hemenway, Representative                   Fredrick Robinson, Representative

College of Professional Studies                 All University

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David Backues, Legislative Vice President             Nicole Alvarado, President