Students discuss their views on Proposition 30

Omar Oseguera, Photo and Multimedia Editor

Students at Bakersfield College gave their opinion on one of the biggest issues coming up on the November ballot, Proposition 30.

The proposition calls for a sales and use tax raise of a fourth of a cent for four years.

There is also an increase in personal income tax rates on those making annual earnings over $250,000, which would last for seven years.

The goal of this proposition is to use the money to fund K-12 schools and also community colleges.

Although the proposition has an enormous impact on BC students, a number of students interviewed were unaware of the proposition and what it would mean for them.

Cristian Rojas, 19, a criminal justice and psychology major at BC was not aware of the proposition, but after being informed he decided he would not vote for it.

“The reason why I wouldn’t vote for it is because the tax we have now should be enough to sustain the school system,” he said.

“I feel it’s being abused by whoever is in control of it.

“I feel they abuse it for their own purposes or on different areas.

“They should [fund the schools] with what they have. It should be more than enough.”

Students who were aware of the issue had very strong opinions about it as well, and showed a lot of interest on the issue.

Ben Griffith, a psychology major at BC, said he was voting in favor of Proposition 30 because it made sense to him.

He continued to say that all students needed to be informed, and that all of his professors have been doing a great job when it comes to letting students know what the proposition is all about.

“It directly affects [professors] so of course they are going to talk about it. If [students] don’t know about it, then maybe they aren’t paying attention in class,” said Griffith.

Ruth Kresha, 24, finance major at BC, expressed a strong interest in Proposition 30 and voting in general.

“To have the right to vote in our country is a blessing,” she said.

Kresha is for Proposition 30 because she has seen the effects that budget cuts have had on campus.

“Our education is getting so many hits from the state,” she said.

“I feel if we were to not vote for this then we would see more programs leave our school that we benefit from.

“Such as the math department and our tutoring center, some of them have already scaled back.”

Kresha continued by questioning the feelings being brought out from the financial situation in school.

“Why should you be in a public institution where you fear the next day of pay?”