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Resolution No. 2009-10-7: Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill (AB) 656

RESOLUTION No.  2009-10-7

AUTHORED BY:    Nathan Rudberg, Natural Resources and Sciences Representative

REFERRED TO:    AS COUNCIL

ACTION APPROVED: 12-14-09

SUBJECT:            Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill (AB) 656

1.)              WHEREAS,  The Associated Students of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the official voice of the students. It is therefore, the mission of Associated Students to fight for the best interests of Students; and,

2.)              WHEREAS,  To address the state’s economic needs, the state of California has slashed funding to the CSU by $584 million dollars, resulting in a $12 million dollar cut to the HSU budget; and,

3.)              WHEREAS,  The CSU generates a direct economic impact of $7.64 billion annually through its educational efforts; and,

4.)              WHEREAS,  The budget cuts have resulted in thousands of eligible students being denied access to higher education, which will reduce California’s professional class of citizens and the economic benefits such citizens generate; and,

5.)              WHEREAS, AB 656 proposes to raise over $1 billion for Higher Education in California, by imposing a 12.5% excise tax on oil producers. Currently no such tax in California exists; and,

6.)              WHEREAS,  Other states impose up to a 35% tax on oil before it leaves for national markets, resulting in indirect taxation of Californians without contributing any benefit to Californians; and,

7.)              WHEREAS,  Such a tax would enable the State of California to allow eligible students to attend the CSU through renewed funding. Thus maintaining California’s professional class of citizens and the economic benefit the CSU system currently generates; therefore be it,

8.)              RESOLVED, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University fully support AB 656; and be it finally,

9.)              RESOLVED, The resolution shall be sent to, but not limited to: CSU Chancellor Reed, all members of the Board of Trustees; Assembly Majority Leader, Alberto Torrico; State Senator, Patricia Wiggins; Assembly Member, Wesley Chesbro; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; CSU Academic Senate; All CSU Associated Students; All CSU Campus Presidents; Humboldt State University Vice President of Student Affairs, Steven Butler; Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Robert Snyder; HSU Academic Senate.

*Original Signatures are on file in the Associated Students Business Office.