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DASB Senate votes to eliminate tax loophole

The DASB Senate voted unanimously to support Assembly Bill 188 which would result in more tax dollars for public education, at its meeting on Wednesday Oct. 2.

If passed and signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, AB 188 would amend Proposition 13, which was approved by California voters in 1978. The proposition originally aimed to cap the amount of property tax counties can collect in California. However, the bill’s wording allowed large corporations to take advantage of the bill to avoid paying property taxes when property is bought out. Without this tax money, public education is being starved for funds.

Ben Pacho, a DASB senator and political science major, said the amendment would go a long way to helping solve the budget problems resulting from the defunding of public education over the last 40 years.

“The bill would offer more funding, more teachers, more classes and more opportunity,” said Nupur Mehta, head of the DASB finance committee. She added that budget constraints brought on by Prop. 13 hurt international students the worst in the form of limited classes and class sizes.

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Assembly Bill 188, a controversial issue in Sacramento, is currently still in committee.

“The momentum to pass this bill is going to come from students and the public education system where budget cuts have hurt the worst,” Pacho said, explaining why students should be involved with passing the bill.

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