$1 Billion for California Higher Education: Say NO to Big Oil!
Today 40 million Americans hold more than $1.2 Trillion in student debt and it's suffocating our economy. It wasn't so long ago that California prioritized providing an accessible, debt-free higher education that ignited our economy, providing good jobs and an educated workforce. The University of California and California State University systems were the envy of the world, but that's all changed. In the last decade, tuition has increased 114% at UCs, 134% at CSU, and by 43% at community colleges.
We can change this by joining all other major oil producing states -- like Texas and Alaska -- and passing an oil extraction tax to fund higher education. The challenge is that Big Oil has a toxic influence on California's politics. For years, Big Oil’s infamous lobby groups have been using big money and back-room politics to corrupt legislators, push their corporate agenda, and pull the strings at our State Capitol.
We're not going to stand for this anymore. Let your representatives in Sacramento know you’re watching and help give them the courage to say NO to Big Oil.
Sign on and tell your legislators: “I call on you to refuse any contributions or gifts from Big Oil. California needs an oil extraction tax to provide stable revenue and restore vital services for our people. Please stand with the people of California, not Big Oil and announce your support for an oil extraction tax!”