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Proposition 55-Support

Resolution in Support of Proposition 55, The Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2004

Adopted November17, 2003

Whereas,      The majority of public educational institutions in the State of California, elementary schools through universities, are in significant need of funds for building more classrooms, retrofitting buildings, improving technological infrastructure, and better equipping libraries; and

Whereas,      Proposition 55 is the second half of the 2002 School Bond Package that will continue long-term investment in education by allowing the State of California to sell bonds with the intent of procuring funds to continue essential construction and renovations to public education facilities; and

Whereas,      The California State University system alone is expected to grow to over 500,000 students enrolled as early as 2010.  This significant growth pattern is the equivalent of adding a campus the size of CSU Sacramento, approximately 20,000 students each year to the current CSU system; and

Whereas,      Eight of the 23 CSU campuses are suffering from the effects of impaction and may be unable to fulfill their mission to provide access to a quality higher education to the people of California; and

Whereas,      The economic condition of California’s budget is resulting in massive                       reductions to all segments of education, with severe cuts to the two                         systems of Higher Education that serve over 611,000 students, and

Whereas,      The CSU capital outlay plan estimates a need of $3.6 billion over the next five years.  Funds provided by School Bonds under Proposition 55 will address 19 percent of the total need, and

Whereas,      Humboldt State University students will directly benefit from the health and wellness opportunities from the proceeds of bonds sold under Proposition 55 to remodel the Forbes Complex, and

Whereas,      Humboldt State University students will further benefit by funds provided by the School Bonds identified in Proposition 55 by creating additional learning opportunities with the addition of the Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, and

Whereas,      Proposition 55 is a direct investment for our local economy by generating

100 jobs for the construction of the Behavioral & Social Sciences building, and will expand the approximately 250,00 job opportunities created by Proposition 47, and

Whereas,      The $690 million provided to the California State University would

provide for desperately needed funding for the future, and therefore be it

Resolved,      that The Associated Students of Humboldt State University fully support

Proposition 55, the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities

Bond Act of 2004, and further be it

Resolved,      This resolution be sent, but not limited to, President Rollin Richmond, Vice President Carl Coffey, the Academic Senate, the California State Student Association, Assemblywoman Patty Berg, and Senator Wesley Chesbro, the Lumberjack newspaper and the local media.

Authored by:

Manolo P. Platin

California State Student Association Representative

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      Joshua Allen, Representative                       Diana Campos, Representative

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