Molly Munger Goes Negative, Risking $1 Billion For Higher Education
October 9, 2012
I am angry. After months of promising to stay positive, Molly Munger has launched an attack ad on Proposition 30. Unfortunately, with Prop. 30's small lead in the polls, Molly's Millions (and her brother's millions in a separate anti-30 campaign) could destroy our chance to avoid a $1 billion cut to higher education in January.
When the League's boards considered a position on Prop. 38 in April, they decided to stay neutral largely on the promises made by Molly and the California State PTA that they would be positive and encourage voters to adopt both ballot measures (although, only the one with the greatest number of votes would take effect). I'm betting that if our boards could reconsider their position now, they might feel differently.
Molly has gotten desperate as California has never passed a ballot measure that is polling as bad as Proposition 38 this close to the election, despite her $30.5 million investment. My polling average, which use several different polls has Prop. 38 at 42.4%-45.4%, while Prop. 30 is at 53.5%-37.2%.
I personally agree with the advocates of Prop. 38 who want to invest $6-10 billion annually more in our public schools. However, we must fix the state's budget crisis and stop the assault on access and quality in higher education first. There's only one way to stop $1 billion in cuts from higher education in the current year, and billions more over the next several years, and that's with Proposition 30.
The "politicians" blasted in Molly's ad that are shown taking money out the back door from schools are doing so to give money to community colleges, the University of California and the California State University.
Under Proposition 38, community colleges are cut $545.6 million in the current year, and UC and CSU are cut $250 million each. Unfortunately, Molly doesn't seem to care about that fact.
Know the facts and share them with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. And, join me in sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask them to stop the negative campaign that risks $1 billion to higher education.
Okay, back into the Student Success Symposium at ACCT in Boston!
President and Chief Executive Officer
Orange Coast College '94
Community College League of California
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