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GOLDEN GATE XPRESS// STUDENT-RUN NEWSPAPER PROUDLY SERVING THE SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY SINCE 1927. // 11.07.12 VOLUME LXXXXV ISSUE 11 ELECTION PROP. 30: TEMPORARY TAXES TO FUND EDUCATION This measure would increase state taxes on earnings more than $250,000 for seven years and sales tax by 1/4 cent for four years to fund schools. YES 53 PERCENT | NO 47 PERCENT PROP. 31: STATE BUDGET, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT This measure would establish a two-year state budget and set rules for offsetting new expenditures and governor budget cuts in fiscal emergencies. YES 40 PERCENT | NO 60 PERCENT PROP. 32: POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY PAYROLL DEDUCTION This measure would prohibit unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. YES 45 PERCENT | NO 55 PERCENT PROPOSITION RESULTS BY KALE WILLIAMS | This measure would increase taxes on earnings using a sliding scale for 12 years. Revenues would largely go to K-12 schools and early childhood programs. With roughly 75 percent of precincts reporting PROP. 33: AUTO INSURANCE PRICES BASED ON DRIVER HISTORY This measure would change the current law insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance company. YES 46 PERCENT | NO 54 PERCENT PROP. 34: DEATH PENALTY This measure would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. YES 47 PERCENT | NO 53 PERCENT PROP. 35: HUMAN TRAFFICKING This measure would increase prison sentences and fines for human trafficking convictions. It would also require human traffickers to register as sex offenders. YES 82 PERCENT | NO 18 PERCENT PROP. 36: THREE-STRIKES LAW This measure would revise the law to impose life sentences only when new felony convictions are serious or violent. YES 69 PERCENT | NO 31 PERCENT PROP. 37: GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS LABELING This measure would require labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. YES 46 PERCENT | 54 PERCENT PROP. 38: TAX FOR EDUCATION, V ictory for Proposition 30 — Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure intended to prevent massive cuts in state funding to education — looked likely Tuesday night as votes continued to be counted. If passed, Prop. 30 would raise an estimated $6.8 billion in additional tax revenue, according to the Legislative Analysts Office, by raising income taxes on Californians earning more than $250,000 a year and increasing sales tax by a quarter percent for a seven-year period. SF State President Leslie E. Wong expressed his relief at the voting public’s willingness to support Prop. 30. “I am very pleased that the voting public decided that California’s future lies with reinvesting in education from the youngest YES 27 PERCENT | NO 73 PERCENT PROP. 39: BUSINESS TAX FOR ENERGY FUNDING This measure would require multistate businesses to pay income taxes based on percentage of their sales in California, and dedicate revenue for five years to clean and efficient energy projects. YES 60 PERCENT | NO 40 PERCENT PROP. 40: REDISTRICTING STATE SENATE A “yes” vote approves, and a “no” vote rejects new State Senate districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. If rejected, districts will be adjusted by officials supervised by the California Supreme Court. YES 72 PERCENT | NO 28 PERCENT Source: San Francisco Department of Elections Check out voter reactions from Election Day and stay updated with online coverage of local and national elections at PROP. 30 LIKELY TO PASS EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS GOLDENGATEXPRESS.ORG students to university students,” he said. He also expressed his gratitude to those who helped encourage voters on campus. “Regardless of the outcome, I want to congratulate the campus effort to register over 4,000 new voters,” he said. “I hope we all appreciate the effort by SFSU to support our get out the vote effort. It made a difference. We will continue to focus on the student experience.” Joseph Scimonelli, a 21-year-old history major, knew that Prop. 30 was important when he voted Tuesday. “I want to be a teacher, so that will affect my future now, that’ll affect my career, that’ll possibly affect my children’s future. Definitely 30 is the most important one I voted for,” he said. The tax measure was proposed as a response to drastic cuts to California’s higher education system over the last four years, California State University system spokesman Erik Fallis said before the election. “We must maintain price, quality and access for students and if we open up the flood gates despite the cuts, the quality of education would suffer,” Fallis said. “We are just not designed to operate that way.” Prop. 30 trailed early in the evening, causing some students such as 18-yearold cinema major Robert Higgs to worry that their votes wouldn’t be able to prevent further cuts to the CSU system. “I voted ‘yes’ on 30,” he said. “I seem to remember being told that California usually doesn’t vote (‘yes’) on tax increases. So I’m disappointed but not surprised.” Tahj Crockom, a 20-year-old business major, saw the taxes as necessary to supplement a system that’s suffered from so many budget cuts. “School’s expensive, so we need help,” Crockom said. “Yeah, why not tax to help the students? Of course that’s common sense.” Matt Saincome contributed to this report.

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