A tale of progressive corruption and illegal activities in California. Progressives are pushing their tax the rich initiatives despite student objections and even a petition.
Keith Fierro of The College Conservative has the story.
California Universities Illegally Push Ballot Initiative Despite Student Outcry
On September 26th, Fresno State’s Associated Students, Inc. voted 7-6 to become the first public university to endorse California’s Proposition 30, the ballot initiative that would raise income and sales taxes to generate revenue to avoid education cuts. Fresno State College Republicans chairman Daniel Harrison, presented a petition to the ASI Senate, which had 833 signatures, opposing the body’s endorsement of Prop 30. Through a series of underhanded and partisan ploys, including ASI Executive VP Parmita Choudhury switching roles with a student senator to vote in favor of the endorsement, Fresno’s ASI chose to ignore the voices of 833 concerned students opposing the endorsement. 833 is more students than voted for all but two of the student senators in the last election.
“These signatures are irrelevant,” said Choudhury.
“It’s a shame so many senators would rather serve the partisan agenda of one executive rather than hundreds and hundreds of students,” Harrison said. “Proposition 30 is very important and it is a debate that we as a campus need to have, but let’s do it responsibly.”
If the idea of a public university endorsing a ballot initiative that is to be voted for during the November elections sounds odd to you, that’s because it’s illegal. California Education Code 7054 states that no public “services, supplies, or equipment shall be used for the purpose of urging the support or defeat of any ballot measure or candidate, including, but not limited to, any candidate for election to the governing board of the district.” Using taxpayer money and student fees to push for ballot measures has become an epidemic in the Cal State communities. In documents obtained by CalWatchDog, Cal State faculty are seen using school resources to push for Prop. 30 and for the defeat of Prop. 32, an initiative to resrtict campaign contributions from unions and corporations.
The emails read like your typical socialist propoganda: “90% of Prop. 30′s revenue would be generated from taxing the rich to fund public education and safety” (emphasis mine). They also provide the readers (professors) with videos to show their class that explicitly support Prop. 30.
The California Faculty Association “urges members to get involved in electoral activities … In addition to doing classroom presentations CFA encourages faculty to participate in phone banking and precinct walking with your local central labor council to help get out the vote for the No on 32 … and Yes on 30.”
California Universities Illegally Push Ballot Initiative Despite Student Outcry (The College Conservative)