If you turned on the TV within the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably seen all of the commercials for propositions that will be on the ballot. Within those propositions, there are three that will directly affect students and the Graduate Association of Students in Public Policy and Administration is hosting a Non-Partisan Voter Information Forum on November 1st from noon to 2 p.m. in the California Suite on the third floor of the University Union to discuss these issues.
Elections are just a few weeks away and as we head into midterm season, it can become difficult for students to keep up and understand how these propositions can affect them. The Non-Partisan Voter Information Forum is a way for students to get the facts on the initiatives that are going to affect the CSU system without any biased influences.
The three propositions that will be discussed at the forum are Prop. 30, temporary taxes to fund education and guaranteed local public safety funding; Prop. 32, political contributions by payroll deduction and contributions to candidates; and last but not least, Prop. 38, which will tax to fund education and early childhood programs.
We’re going to be looking at these issues from both sides, considering economic, social and fiscal impacts, said Katie Cardenas, Associated Students, Inc. Graduate Director. It’s going to be an opportunity for them [students] to get just the facts on the initiatives that are going to affect the CSU which is rare, considering that so much of what you learn through the media and around campus can be biased and unfair.
Students can expect the moderation to be unbiased with presenters looking at arguments from both sides of the issue. The panel will take a look into the three propositions and how they will affect the CSU system if they pass or do not pass.
The panel knows that it’s going to be non-partisan and we have strict guidelines for them so it’s non-partisan, said Ricky Hurtado, ASI Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies Director. It doesn’t take one side or the other, its both issues, it’s going to be strictly moderated and we’re looking forward to that.
Provost Gossett will moderate the forum, chairing a panel that will consist of PPA alumni including Sacramento City Council Member Kevin McCarty, Mayor of West Sacramento Christopher Calbaldon, and Research Specialist at the Institute of Higher Education Leadership & Policy, Colleen Moore. PPA faculty member Mary Kirlin will complete the panel by offering her academic and professional perspective.
Free pizza will be available for the first 70 students courtesy of Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office.
We just want to thank the SSPA for picking up catering for us and helping us get our event out on many different venues, Provost Gossett and ASI, said Cardenas. This process has been really easy because of all the support we’ve been given. All of the meetings with the Office of Governmental Affairs, ASI Marketing, it’s been a great contribution and we’re really looking forward to this event. It has truly a collaborative event between a lot of different levels on the campus.
UPDATE AT 10:30 A.M. :
As Sergio Aguilar, External Affairs Director for GASPPA, acknowledged in the comment he posted on the WLP page, the board did not choose panelists based on their political party or viewpoints. They instead put together a panel that has in-depth knowledge about higher education, public finance, and the Sacramento region as seen in an overview of their backgrounds below:
–Before being elected city councilmember for Sacramento’s 6th District, Kevin McCarty served as policy director for former California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamente and as a consultant to the Assembly Budget Committee. He currently is also a legislative advocate for Preschool California.
–Before being elected Mayor of West Sacramento, Christopher Calbaldon served as chief consultant and staff director to the Higher Education Committee, Chief of Staff to the Chair of theAppropriations Committee, Legislative Director of the University of California Students Association, and Vice Chancellor of the California Community Colleges System. He currently is a representative on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, program officer for the California Education Policy Fund, and co-director of the California Legislative Staff Education Institute.
–Current research specialist for the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, Colleen Moore, has more than 20 years of experience. In the past, she has worked for the California Employment and Development Department and the California Institute for County Government as well as many private companies researching policy issues for decision makers and stakeholders. Her most recent works have been on community college student success, higher education enrollment, finance policy, andaccountability.
–Public Policy and Administration faculty member Dr. Mary Kirlin has experience in education and public finance policy. Professionally she has worked as Chief of Staff for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and she served as Executive Director to the Tax Credit Allocation Committee and to the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee in the State Treasurer’s Office. In addition, she was a consultant for the Assembly Office of Research, and she has experience in local government from her work in Alameda County. She has also done extensive research in civic engagement.
Because this is a non-partisan voter information forum and since our panelists are coming asrepresentatives of the PPA program, there is an expectation that they will be objective and analytical. However, the panelists are also free to discuss their professional experience and two of their positions are political in nature as observed by the original commenter. Given that the discussion by the panelistswill not be scripted, it is difficult to set guidelines beyond our expectations. The guidelines will actually be on the student presenters, to provide an objective analysis before the forum and on the moderator, to ensure that all perspectives are recognized and discussed during the forum.