California No Tuition for California Residents (2012)

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A California No Tuition for California Residents Initiative (#11-0086) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Added .7% to California's personal income tax rate for those with a taxable income over $250,000 (over $342,465 if filing as head of household).
  • Added 1.7% to the state's personal income tax rate for those with a taxable income over $500,000 (over $684,930 if filing as head of household).
  • Allocated the new revenue to pay up to four years' tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate California residents attending University of California or California State University who maintain minimum 2.7 grade point average or perform 70 hours of annual community service.

Its sponsors called the measure the ""Tax to Fund Free State Resident Tuition at UC and CSU." The idea was hatched as part of a senior class project at Life Academy and Oakland Unity High School.[1]

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Tax to Pay Tuition and Fees at California Public Universities. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Official summary:

"Adds .7 percent to personal income tax rate applied to taxable income over $250,000 (over $342,465 if filing as head of household), and adds 1.7 percent to personal income tax rate applied to taxable income over $500,000 (over $684,930 if filing as head of household). Allocates new revenue to pay up to four years' tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate California residents attending University of California or California State University who maintain minimum 2.7 grade point average or perform 70 hours of annual community service."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Annual loss of state tuition revenue of about $2.8 billion per year beginning in 2013-14, backfilled by additional state personal income tax revenue that is likely to total $2 billion or more per year. Potential shortfalls in university resources in some fiscal years would have to be addressed through some combination of cost reductions and alternative funding sources, which could create pressure on the state General Fund. "

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

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