California "Taxes to Fund California Public Universities and Community Colleges" Initiative (2014)

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A California "Taxes to Fund California Public Universities and Community Colleges" Initiative (#12-0015), a combined initiated constitutional amendment and state statute, was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 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:

  • Imposed new taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel ($0.025 per gallon), alcohol ($0.05-$1.65 per gallon), and cigarettes ($0.0125 each).
  • Raised vehicle license fees by 0.5% of vehicle market value.
  • Allocated new revenues in this fashion: 80% to University of California and California State University and 20% to California Community Colleges.
  • Maintained state funding for higher education at or above 2009-2010 levels and student financial aid at or above 2010-2011 levels.
  • Capped student tuition and systemwide fees at 2009-2010 levels.
  • Created a joint commission to recommend cost efficiencies in higher education.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Taxes to Fund California Public Universities and Community Colleges. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Official summary:

"Imposes new taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel ($0.025 per gallon), alcohol ($0.05-$1.65 per gallon), and cigarettes ($0.0125 each); raises vehicle license fees by 0.5% of vehicle market value. Allocates new revenues 80% to University of California and California State University, 20% to California Community Colleges. Maintains state funding for higher education at or above 2009-2010 levels and student financial aid at or above 2010-2011 levels. Caps student tuition and systemwide fees at 2009-2010 levels. Creates joint commission to recommend cost efficiencies in higher education."

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.)

"Additional state tax revenues from increases in various taxes of about $2.2 billion annually that would be dedicated to public universities and colleges. Depending on whether the new state tax revenues are sufficient to replace lost tuition and fee revenues (due to lower student tuition and fee levels), unknown effect on total funding for public universities and colleges. Depending on whether the new state tax revenues are sufficient to satisfy increased state spending requirements on public universities and colleges, unknown effects on other parts of the state budget and the state General Fund."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

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