"You can pay me now, or you can pay me later." When it comes to Proposition 30, paying later is a decidedly bad idea. Let's look at the alternatives:
Cuts totaling $5.3 million would be incurred for the Yosemite Community College District alone. The impact needs to be made clear. Up until now, in order to balance cuts made to the economic downturn, incremental and constant cuts to education have been achieved in a number of ways — salary cuts, layoffs, tapping reserves, more efficient use of facilities and materials, etc. For most districts, those are no longer options.
A Public Policy Institute poll shows that a strong majority of California voters don't want to further cut funding to education should Proposition 30 not pass. The fact is that Proposition 30 is the only choice we have. Make no mistake: The cost of paying later will be massive.
Brian Sinclair teaches computer graphics at Modesto Junior College.