By Ivonne Godinez

Staff writer

More than 4 million voters in California approved Proposition 30 on Tuesday night, Nov. 6, giving LBCC between about $2 and $4 million, college officials said.

With about 99 percent of the votes counted Wednesday morning, the new tax increase measure had gained 54 percent of the vote, or about 4.9 million compared to 46 percent voting no, or about 4.2 million, according to state officials.

Prop. 30 involves temporary taxes, which will fund education and guarantee local public safety funding.

Brittany Holden, 21, a nursing major, said, “I am glad that Prop. 30 was passed because it will allow LBCC students to have more financial aid and more classes at LBCC.”

The approval will increase taxes for people earning more than $250,000 for seven years and will increase sales taxes by one-quarter cent for four years.

LBCC President Eloy Oakley said in an email to employees Wednesday morning, “Passage of Prop. 30 does mean that the college will not have to eliminate all 17 programs that are in the program discontinuance process.”

Oakley said in an email, “The passage of Proposition 30 means that LBCC will be able to save instructional programs and jobs that would have been lost otherwise.”

Oakley said the school would still be forced to cut about $4 million from the budget this year. Oakley said, “Prop. 30 gives our college more certainty about our fiscal future and provides much needed affirmation from the voters that what we do is important to the future of our state and nation.”

Maria Ocegueda, 41, a business major, said, “I am happy to hear that Prop. 30 has passed even though I didn’t support it as much since I knew there was still going to be cuts involved at LBCC.”

Prop. 30’s economic effect will be to increase state tax revenues through 2018-19, averaging about $6 billion yearly over the upcoming years. In 2012-13, planned spending reductions, primarily to education programs, will not occur.

History and political science professor Charlotte Joseph said even with Prop. 30 passing, 10 programs will still be discontinued. Joseph said the district is now attempting to rank the programs.

LBCC is still encountering budget reductions this year of between $2 million and $4 million.

Other cuts in the college beyond instruction could be made.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Gaither Loewenstein said the college would need to make a significant budget reduction even if Prop. 30 were approved.

Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement to CBS reporters, “I ran for governor on the pledge that there would be no taxes unless the people themselves voted for them and in this case, they did and it’s only after, however, 30,000 fewer teachers.

“We had a massive budget deficit of $27 billion and I’ve cut that thing and we’ll be balanced.”