With support falling for his tax initiative Governor Jerry Brown made a campaign stop at Chico State Monday to rally support for Proposition 30, which he says would prevent six billion dollars in trigger cuts mainly to education.
"It's pretty simple. Yes means money into schools, no means money out of schools," Governor Brown said.
During his brief stop the governor told students Proposition 30 is "basic arithmetic."
He said 98 percent of Californians would be exempt from the tax increases on incomes over $250,000, while the quarter percent sales tax increase would have little impact on most others.
"If you buy a $4 sandwich, if you can find one, it will be a penny, a penny more, that to me seems reasonable."
But opponents of proposition 30 say it doesn't make sense to throw $9 billion a year at a problem created by mismanagement of funds in Sacramento.
"How else do we hold them accountable unless we say 'No we're not going to give you any more money, because you are not spending it right," Jack Lee said.
Those opposed argue that state revenue is already at $68 billion with education accounting for 54 percent of spending, and say they believe the problem lies in the educational system itself.
"Throwing money at a problem has never solved anything unless you solve the root problem," Lee said.
While most students in the crowd seemed to be in support proposition 30; Hannah Ramey says she feels they are being misled by the promise of lower tuition and more classes.
"They aren't even talking about all of the money that is going to other parts of education and the money also going into the general fund," Ramey said.