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Universities try to spread the word about Proposition 30

September 19, 2012 | 12:59 pm

This post has been corrected. See note below.

A new website dedicated to spreading the word about a tax plan pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown has been launched by the University of California, once again raising questions about universities’ role in the initiative campaign.

In a statement released this week, the university said the site “allows visitors to spread the word quickly about important issues.” Proposition 30, Brown’s effort to temporarily hike upper income and state sales taxes, will be the first test case for the new site, the statement said.

“Although the outcome of this vote has an enormous potential impact on students, alumni, teachers, parents and employers, many are not aware of Proposition 30," said Ken Goldberg, a professor at the College of Engineering. “The California Proposition 30 Awareness Project aims to change that.”

The site comes days after California State University officials sent a letter to potential students that their acceptance could depend on the outcome of the measure on the November ballot.

A draft of a letter to be emailed to potential students to CSU Monterey Bay warns students that “because enrollment capacity is tied to the amount of available state funding, the campuses will be able to admit more applicants if Proposition 30 passes and fewer applicants if the proposition fails."

Both the CSU and UC systems face $250 million in cuts if the measure is defeated, under a budget signed by Brown earlier this year.

For the record, 1:12 p.m. Sept. 19: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated CSU and UC would face $250,000 in cuts if Prop. 30 doesn't pass. Both systems would face $250 million in cuts.


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--Anthony York in Sacramento