Anti-Tax Advocates Angry Over CSU Tuition Threat

By Ben Adler

Anti-tax advocates are calling foul over Cal State University’s stance on Governor Brown’s tax increase measure, Proposition 30.

The trustees voted yesterday to tie future tuition costs to Prop 30’s fate.

If Governor Jerry Brown’s tax measure passes, the CSU system will roll back a previously approved 9 percent increase. But If Prop 30 fails, the university will leave it in place – and tack on an additional five percent.

Meanwhile, a draft letter from CSU reportedly tells applicants that Prop 30 will affect how many students the university can enroll. That has Jon Coupal  with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association threatening a lawsuit.

“To specifically reference Prop 30 and actually try to predict what happens if Prop 30 passes or does not pass is going beyond an informational activity and gets into the realm of political advocacy,” he says.

A CSU spokesman says the letter is legal.