Lawsuit targets CSU Prop. 30 campaign
October 18, 2012
Is there a concerted but perhaps illegal effort afoot to urge California university students to vote for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30, using tax dollars? (Sacramento Bee)
Howard Jarvis’ Taxpayers Association thinks so. The Sacramento-based group announced today that it is filing a lawsuit in Monterey Superior Court against California State University, Monterey Bay, alleging that tax-funded resources were improperly utilized to advocate student support of the tax measure.
The Jarvis group’s lawyers point to evidence such as emails, citing one that suggested students would have fewer classes available, all with higher fees, if the measure should fail.
Plans by the state call for a reduction of $250 million in CSU funding if Prop. 30 sinks.
“This campaign mailing violates the constitutional rights of taxpayers and students whose tax dollars and student fees are being misused to promote a political cause which they do not support,” said a statement from Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.