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Gov. Brown’s tax initiative could cause Los Rios to lose millions

The Los Rios Community College District could lose $12.3 million if California voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative set for the Novemberballot, according to Susie Williams, associate vice chancellor of Communications and Research for the LRCCD.

The Los Rios cutback is part of a potential $2.4 billion decrease in California K-12 schools and community college budgets that will be put into effect should Brown’s planned tax increases fall through when they reach the ballot, according to a recent L.A. Times article.

The $2.4 billion would then be utilized for other unspecified services.

“This would be a very difficult cut to absorb as [the Los Rios District] and all other community colleges have had to absorb large cuts for the past three years,” said Williams.

The loss of funds would further reduce the availability of class sections for Los Rios students, making necessary class enrollment, extension and timely degree and certificate completion more difficult for students.

Jaime Hernandez, a forensic psychology major, is among the City College students that support the Brown tax proposal if it means no further reductions on the K-12 and community college budgets.
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“If [K-12 and community college students] don’t have that extra $2.4 billion, then what’s going to happen to after school programs?” Hernandez said. “I know that taxes benefit the economy and higher taxes— although people might not like them—do help.”

Others only support Brown’s tax plan because of their position as community college students.

“As a student, I would support it, but after school it wouldn’t affect me,” said neuroscience major Henry Hoang.

The uncertain success of Brown’s tax initiative puts community college officials at a disadvantage as November is not an ideal planning month, Williams said.

“By that time, we will be nearly half way through [planning] the 2012-2013 year with little time to react to such a large [budget] reduction.” said Williams. “If voters approve the sales and tax increases, community college funding will remain the same as this year.”

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