California Individuals of the YearExpress Newspaper’s Person of the Year: The people of CA

Joshua Basrai

A&E Editor

This year, the people of California rocked out with their voting fingers out. They approved Prop 30; which meant taking money out of their pockets to benefit people they didn’t know personally.  In a postmodern world marked by what sociologists term ingrained selfishness and individualism the people of California rose above the nature of the day and voted in favor of tax initiative which benefitted California educational system and prevented what could have been 9.7 million worth of budget cuts across the statewide school system.  To show our gratitude, The Express has chosen the people of California as 2012’s Individual of the Year.

Things looked bleak early on for Prop 30 proponents.

By 10:00 p.m. on Election Day, the people of California nearly failed students throughout the state. Many early reports indicated that Prop 30 wouldn’t pass.

But this could not happen.

In a rally just before midnight of Election Day, Governor Jerry Brown declared victory.  Prop 30 had been passed.  Californians in the upper will see the most increase in taxes. Individuals with incomes over 250,000 dollars will see a 10.6 percent increase in their income tax. People with 1,000,000-dollar incomes will also see an increase at 29.13 percent.

Aside from pissing off the upper class Prop 30 will shell out a sales tax that will tax one penny for every four dollars spent for four years.

The difference was 715,394 votes or 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent, but Prop 30 spent most of Election Day behind.

The obstacles were immense. Nobody wants to pay extra taxes.  But the people of California knew education was a main priority.

“The people of California (get my vote) for having the good sense to pass Proposition 30 to safeguard the funding for K-12 and community colleges,” Jonathan Brickman, ESL Instructor at LPC said.

This is why The Express has chosen the citizens of California as 2012’s Individual of the year.

With the passage of Prop 30, school budgets can now be stabilized.  These changes directly impact students and faculty in a positive light. Because of the passage, LPC and Chabot can add an additional 156 full-time enrolled students by the end of the spring semester.

If Prop 30 didn’t pass, the CSU system would have lost $250 million, police departments would have lost $20 million, and Cal Fire would have been out $10 millions.

The bottom line is, if Prop 30 didn’t pass, schools would have found it even harder to overcome this educational fiscal cliff.

Californians proved to the rest of the country why they have the most progressive state. For that, The Express has chosen residents of California as 2012’s Individual of the Year.


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