Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of October 22, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown brought his campaign to pass Proposition 30 to UCLA last week, reminding students that they could face a tuition increase if the measure fails. Prop. 30 would fund public education and services primarily by raising taxes on the state’s wealthy. The Daily Bruin published this interview with the governor.

With just over two weeks until voting day on November 6, Prop. 30 is barely over 50% in the polls. California’s Courage Campaign notes that “research shows that once voters understand that $6 billion will automatically be cut if Prop. 30 does not pass, they will vote YES and tax the wealthiest 2% (plus a quarter-cent additional sales tax) to save public education and vital services.” Here’s the latest
Yes on Prop 30 video
that aims to make that point.

A shadowy out-of-state anti-labor group has dumped $11 million into the “no on Proposition 30” and “yes on Proposition 32” campaigns. “This group's money is coming from a rich individual or individuals who don't want their fingerprints on an effort to swing a California election,” reports the Fresno Bee in a sharply-worded editorial. “For voters, the best way to blunt this kind of secretive campaign spending is to vote against Prop. 32. By dumping $11 million into California politics, the group has offered the strongest argument yet for defeating Prop. 32.”

the money behind prop 32Photo: CalFed

A recent piece in the Los Angeles Times called Prop. 32 “a fraud to end all frauds.” Prop 32 undermines working peoples’ voices but exempts secretive Super PACs and corporate front groups, which can raise unlimited amounts of money for their candidates. Turns out the architect of the Prop 32 deception has a long history of trying to trick Californians into voting for measures that would ultimately give the 1% even more power at the expense of everyone else, writes Matthew Fleischer on the Labor’s Edge blog.

Today is the last day to register to vote for the November 6 election. If you have never before registered, or changed your addresses or party affiliation, it’s easy – just visit the California Secretary of State’s page before midnight on October 22.  Don’t remember if you registered to vote?  Here’s how you can
check your status
.

The New York Times reports on a new, nonpartisan study that shows recent federal changes to student loan repayment programs are likely to provide only “marginal help” for low-income borrowers, while they provide big benefits to middle- and high-income borrowers, especially those seeking graduate degrees. “At least one financial planning company,” reports the Times, “is telling law school students that the changes could allow them to write off $100,000 in student debt.”
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