Resolution on Revenue Enhancement

Resolution Number: RS04-227
January, 2004

on Revenue Enhancement, #RS04-227

Whereas The
respective roles of government and individual citizens in any society are
defined by a social contract that explicitly or implicitly specifies the
expectations and responsibilities of each; and

Whereas Since
the early years of the 20th century, under the leadership of
Governors Hiram Johnson, William Stephens, C.C. Young, Frank Merriam, Earl
Warren, Goodwin Knight, and Edmund G. ("Pat") Brown, the state of
California developed an unwritten social contract that assured citizens of
government protection for the welfare of the very young, the low-income
elderly, the infirm, and the disabled; and

Whereas For
nearly fifty years the state of California has also included in its social
contract promises defined in the Master Plan for Higher Education (1960); and

Whereas As
a result of the access to education assured by the Master Plan for Higher
Education, the California State University (CSU) has provided the state with
many hundreds of thousands of well-educated and well-trained professionals who
have contributed their expertise to California, thereby contributing to the
status of this state as the world’s sixth-largest economy and generating by
virtue of their work many hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for
the State; and

Whereas The
State of California is at present experiencing a budget crisis so great in its
scope, and so deep, that the survival of its social contract with its citizens
is in jeopardy; and

Whereas One
specific effect of this crisis is that California has been unable to maintain
its commitment to providing opportunity for California’s diverse population to
attain a moderately priced and high quality university education; and

Whereas In
2003-2004, because of reduced funding, the California State University was
unable to enroll 5000 qualified students, and in 2004-2005 further budget
reductions are likely to result in denial of access to the CSU of an additional
20,000 students; and

The economic and social future of California will be profoundly and for many
decades jeopardized by the inadequacy of proposed funding levels for the
state’s institutions of higher education for 2004-2005 and their resulting
inability to educate the teachers and child-care workers, nurses and other
health care professionals, engineers, researchers, environmentalists, urban
planners, linguists fluent in foreign-languages, corporate managers and
leaders, and the multitude of other specialists whose expertise has
built California’s role in the world
economy; and

Whereas Proposed
funding levels are so limited that they threaten to diminish the quality of
teaching and learning in the CSU, further eroding the economic and social well-being
of the state; and

Whereas California’s
political leaders have been reluctant to enhance state revenues by the simple
and equitable strategy of increasing taxes for the state’s wealthiest citizens;
therefore be it

Resolved That
the Academic Senate of San Francisco State University (SFSU) decry the
continuing failure of the State of California to provide adequate funding for
the California Community Colleges, the California State University and the
University of California; and further be it

Resolved That
the Academic Senate of SFSU ask the citizens of California and their elected
leaders to reconsider the consequences of undermining of the State’s
long-standing social contract with those of its citizens in low and
middle-income groups who are unable to meet the cost of baccalaureate and
graduate or professional education; and further be it

Resolved That
the Academic Senate of SFSU ask the citizens of California and their elected
leaders to reconsider the consequences for the state's economic well-being of
limiting access to the higher education that will drive the state's economy for
the foreseeable future; and further be it

Resolved That
the Academic Senate of SFSU reaffirm its commitment to the cherished principles
of affordability, access and quality contained in the Master Plan; and further
be it

Resolved That
the Academic Senate of SFSU respectfully ask the California Legislature to
enact revenue enhancements that would restore the social contract between the
State and its citizens, thereby re-enabling the state to move toward
restoration of its once-premier stature in the world economy; and further be it

Resolved That
the Academic Senate of SFSU forward this resolution to the Academic Senate of
the CSU, the Chancellor of the CSU, the Governor of California, legislative
leaders in the State Assembly and Senate, and media throughout the State.

*** Unanimously Approved by the Academic Senate on April 13, 2004 ***